The Havelock Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) has now been in operation for 21 years. The pond is currently authorised under resource consent U960127 which was granted on 30 November 1996 for a period of 10 years. The current resource consent was therefore due to expire on 30 November 2006.
A resource consent application for renewal was lodged six months prior to expiry to ensure ongoing rights to discharge. The Regulatory Department of Council required further information to assess the activity which required further field work and modelling by Cawthron. This additional work has been undertaken.
The land that the ponds are sited on is designated for the operation of a Sewage Treatment Plant in Volume 3 of the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan under Designation 42.