Te Anau wastewater scheme peer reviewer chosen

Southland District Council Te Anau Wastewater Discharge Project Committee members during a meeting on Tuesday.
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Southland District Council Te Anau Wastewater Discharge Project Committee members during a meeting on Tuesday.

A Southland District Council committee has selected a company to review its proposed Te Anau wastewater scheme.

Pattle Delamore Partners (PDP), a New Zealand-owned company based in Auckland, was chosen by the council's Te Anau Wastewater Discharge Project Committee after a meeting on Tuesday.

In January three commissioners approved consents for the council to designate land for wastewater treatment, as well as an application to discharge wastewater on to land and odour to air to replace Te Anau's existing scheme, which results in wastewater being discharged to the Upukerora River.

The proposal was met with vehement opposition from the community, and the consents have been appealed to the Environment Court.

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The wastewater project committee is responsible for handling a peer review of the current proposed scheme and investigation of other options which have been offered.

Four environmental engineering consultants were interviewed during the meeting before the decision was made.

Council group manager services and assets Ian Marshall said the consultants put forward good proposals.

"The committee was impressed by their range and quality."

An initial draft of the peer review will be released in early October before being finalised the following month.

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It will look at the work done so far and also at other options that have been raised by those opposed to the proposed scheme.

 - The Southland Times

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