Working near our networks
We work with property owners, developers, engineers, architects and others who want to carry out work on or near drinking water, wastewater and stormwater network pipes, manholes (entry points), fire hydrants and other assets.
Although the rules for working with or near these services are similar within each council area, important differences exist. So, you must first identify in which council (Wellington, Hutt City, Upper Hutt, Porirua) your proposed project is located.
Council owned (public) networks (i.e. manholes, pipes, fire hydrants) can be located within both public land (i.e. roadways and berms) and private land. Read more
If you are constructing a new house or building, undertaking a subdivision or changing the use of a building (such as from residential to commercial) then you may need to connect new private drinking water, wastewater and stormwater pipes to or from the public network. Read more
Sometimes when you are considering new works you could be proposing positioning structures (buildings, retaining walls, extra fill) close to or over the existing drinking water, wastewater or stormwater networks which can be found within private properties. Building over or near a pipeline can result in damage to the pipe or the property. It can also restrict future options for maintenance and renewal of the pipeline. Read more
If you are constructing a new house/building, or undertaking a subdivision it may be necessary to adjust, upgrade or extend the existing drinking water, wastewater or stormwater networks to be able to make room within the site, allow building alongside and or provide service to properties. Read more
Water sensitive design is an approach to fresh water management, it is applied to land use planning and development at complementary scales including region, catchment, development and site. Water sensitive design seeks to protect and enhance natural freshwater systems, sustainably manage water resources, and mimic natural processes to achieve enhanced outcomes for ecosystems and communities. Read more