Broadly speaking, the answer is yes - but with more of a focus on the environment. Our goal is to ensure that wastewater entering our environment is improved over the term of the consent.
The maximum amount of wastewater we discharge is expected to stay the same, at 140,000 cubic metres a day. At the moment, we process around 21,000 cubic metres on a normal day but this increases during heavy rainfall.
Part of this consent process is a best options analysis, to make sure we're meeting our obligations under the Regional Plan as well as the National Policy Statement - Fresh Water Guidance. We will also work out any changes needed for improving Whangārei’s wastewater system, such as odour control upgrades.
We are applying for a 35-year consent duration.