North Wanaka wastewater scheme

A major upgrade to North Wanaka’s wastewater system is underway, providing for current and future wastewater capacity as growth in the area continues.

About the project

This project is part of our  plan to accommodate growth and provide more resilience across the district’s wastewater network.

Starting in February 2021, this project will include:

  • Construction of a new wastewater pump station on Beacon Point Road

  • A new gravity main (wastewater pipeline)

  • An extension of the Waimana Place rising main (wastewater pipeline)

  • A new rising main and gravity sewer from Beacon Point Rd to Albert Town pump station via Lismore St and SH84

What's the latest?

We're in the final stages of appointing a contractor for this project.   

Once that is complete, we'll be able to share a construction programme and work closely with affected residents to minimise disruptions.  We'll share more on this soon. 

Frequently asked questions

  • Due to a sustained period of growth, a review of Wanaka's wastewater infrastructure was completed in 2018/19. This identified that the North Wanaka Pump Station had limited capacity to cater for further growth and lacked emergency storage.   This had  implications for the resilience of the network. 

    This upgrade will provide more emergency storage, additional capacity and more resilience to the districts wastewater network.  It will provide environmental benefits such as reducing the risk of wastewater spills into Lake Wanaka .  

    There will also be improvements along Beacon Point Road including removal of overhead cables and landscaping.

  • Following the review of Wanaka's wastewater network, we completed an indicative business case to identify options which would address the issues raised through this process.

    This identified a preferred option to construct a new pumping station located on Beacon Point Road that will convey flows to the Albert Town Pump Station. This option substantially reduces the load from Lakeside pump station and associated critical assets in that part of the network, and diverts it away from Lake Wanaka and the town centre network. The option also realises the greatest benefit value versus the Status Quo investment, and represents a lower risk overall option.

    The location was considered the best outcome due to its altitude. One of the key outcomes of the preferred option was to maximise the use of a gravity drain for waste water. The location in Beacon Point Road maximises the use of gravity drainage. It was the lowest location suitable for the upgrade. 

    We acknowledge that residents along Beacon Point Road may feel uncomfortable about a pump station being located outside of their properties. We will continue to work closely with affected residents to mitigate their concerns.   

  • We will be able to share more details about the construction programme soon but all noise will be kept to daytime hours  and within consented requirements.   

    Once the pump station is operational, the noise will be about 32 decibel, which is similar to the noise of a fridge. An odour filter will be installed to minimise smell.

  • A new transformer will be installed in front of 205 Beacon Point Road along with a new control kiosk, a new luminaire/ vent pipe, an irrigation box, a reduced pressure zone device, a water meter and an odour filter. There will be a removable screen to cover these appliances. 

    Landscaping will help to blend in the appliances with surroundings and to improve the overall aesthetics of Beacon Point Road. 

  • Overhead cables will also be removed and moved to underground which will be a big improvement. Landscaping will be implemented to improve the overall aesthetic of Beacon Point Road.

  • Construction is expected to commence at the end of February 2021.

    A targeted completion date will be determined once a main contractor is appointed.

  • Disruptions are an inevitable part of any infrastructure project.   We will always work closely with affected residents to minimise disruptions as much as possible.

    Watch this space for  more detailed information on disruptions once a main contractor has been appointed.


Any further questions?

If you have any further questions that haven't been answered here, please give us a call on 03 441 0499 or email 


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