A new report puts the cost of getting regional wastewater treatment up to national standards at between $330 million and $500m, says Horizons Regional Council strategy and regulation manager Dr Nic Peet.
The report is by environmental consultancy Boffa Miskell for the Department of Internal Affairs. It covers all of New Zealand and says small towns will be disproportionately affected - towns in the Horizons and Waikato regions especially so.
There are 46 wastewater treatment plants in the Horizons region. In June this year only 34 per cent were fully compliant, and 22 plants were significantly non-compliant. Read more