Waste Water

The safe management of human waste is a core function of the Council. This page explains how the Council works to protect public health and ensure we maintain a pristine environment for our residents and visitors.

Wastewater is water that has been used for washing, flushing, or in a manufacturing process and therefore contains waste products, also known as sewerage. The Council maintains seven public wastewater schemes throughout the Queenstown Lakes District – Queenstown, Wanaka, Arrowtown, Hawea, Albert Town, Lake Hayes and Arthur’s Point.

Disposal to land

The Council is working hard to meet the community’s rising expectations. The biggest wastewater priority for the Council is to achieve internationally accepted standards for wastewater treatment, which will involve disposal to land.

Two new schemes are underway to make this happen - Project Shotover in Queenstown and Project Pure in Wanaka. Click on the link at the right for more information about these projects. 

On-site Sewage Disposal: Options for Homeowners in Cardrona, Glenorchy & Kingston