We are in the early stages of looking at a range of ideas for future treatment and disposal of wastewater in Featherston. We want to work with the community, iwi and stakeholders to consider all ideas and identify the most efficient, affordable and sustainable solution that will meet Featherston's needs.


The wastewater treatment plant in Featherston needs an upgrade to reduce its impacts on the local environment. It discharges treated wastewater into nearby Donald’s Creek. The wastewater treatment plant was built in 1975 and is no longer considered the most efficient or sustainable approach. The consent for the current plant expired in 2012 and since then we have been looking for a new solution.

How can we do this right?

We will build on lessons learned from the past to improve Featherston’s future. We seek to gather, understand and consider all information to identify the preferred option. That option should be sustainable, efficient and affordable to give long-lasting benefit to Featherston. We will make sure this process is transparent, collaborative, and involves effective ongoing engagement with the community, iwi and stakeholders.

Working with the community

We are committed to working with the community and have held a series of public open-days as part of developing the options. We will be consulting further with the community in the New Year. 

In the meantime, you can find out more and provide feedback here