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Watercare rules out Beachlands wastewater discharge into Hauraki Gulf

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Watercare has scrapped a discharge pipeline into the Hauraki Gulf from Beachlands. File photo supplied Department of Conservation
  • By Laura Kvigstad, Auckland Council reporter
    funded by New Zealand on Air

Watercare confirms a discharge pipeline into the Hauraki Gulf from Beachlands is now off the table.

Last year Watercare released a shortlist of options for an existing discharge consent for the Beachlands wastewater treatment plant that is due for renewal at the end of 2025.

At the Hauraki Gulf Forum on March 4, chief executive officer Alex Rogers confirmed Watercare had emailed him days before the meeting, ruling out discharging wastewater from Beachlands into the Hauraki Gulf.

“They will not be pursuing the option of building a sewage pipeline into the Hauraki Gulf and that option is off the table,” Rogers said.

He said while the forum doesn’t have a decision-making authority in these kinds of matters, it can have an influential role.

Watercare reports the preferred option for Beachlands Wastewater Scheme to be diffusing discharge to a tributary of Te Puru Stream.

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