Stormwater is rain that runs off surfaces such as rooftops, paved streets, driveways and roads. 

The Council maintains seven public reticulated stormwater systems throughout the District – Queenstown, Wanaka, Arrowtown, Hawea, Glenorchy, Albert Town and Arthur’s Point.

Other small settlements in the district, such as Kingston, Luggate and Makarora, have limited stormwater systems and generally rely on ground soakage and natural watercourses for their disposal of stormwater.

Stormwater infrastructure is important to ensure that contaminants don’t get carried into our public waterways. Left unchecked, stormwater could have a negative effect on the environment, and could also lead to flooding and land instability.

The Council is preparing catchment management plans for a number of rainfall catchment areas throughout the District.  These plans will help determine the size and location of future stormwater infrastructure. Watch this space for updates.