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Lake Ferry Wastewater Treatment

At Lake Ferry the wastewater treatment system consists of on-lot septic tanks with effluent filters and a community wastewater treatment plant. At the treatment plant, septic tank effluent flows through a packed bed reactor, a recirculation tank and ultraviolet treatment. Discharge of the treated effluent is managed to either an adjacent block of land by irrigation or to a constructed wetland, depending on the conditions of the Resource Consents.

The plant was granted new consents on 17 June 2005. A change of conditions was granted on 10 January 2011.  These consents will expire on 30 September 2025.

In general, the consents allow SWDC:

  • to discharge treated wastewater to land via an irrigation system at up to a maximum daily flow rate of 200 cubic meters per day and a maximum weekly flow rate of 700 cubic meters per week.
  • to discharge treated wastewater to land at a maximum application rate of 3.0mm/day or up to the field capacity.
  • to discharge treated wastewater to water (wetland) when the field capacity of the irrigation field has been exceeded or when a discharge is required for emergency or maintenance purposes.
  • to discharge contaminants and odours from the collection, treatment and discharge facilities within the site boundary.

Resource Consents

Plant Performance

Current Status: Compliant, but with risks identified below. 

Period: October 2023



GWRC have certified the submitted operations and management plan.

Further investment is required to achieve this management plan.

Project has been initiated to renew the resource consent by 2025. 

Decisions around growth and development of additional treatment & disposal capacity will coincide with the resource consent renewal process. 

Items of significance:

Source of current high Inflow and Infiltration is still not funded for investigation.

Lack of WWL compatible remote monitoring and control requires ongoing resources for operational management of this remote plant. A project is underway for installing new comms/control system. 

Continued complaints from residents located below the disposal field of overland flow paths impacting property and slips. 

Leaks on disposal field have been reported. 

Operations and Management Plan approved by GWRC.