The manner in which effluent and sludge is treated and/or discharged
can make a difference as to whether or not there is an adverse effect on
the receiving environment. The discharge of effluent and sludge onto or
into land is widely practiced in Southland Region.
This Plan covers sewerage schemes, treatment of foul water by septic
tanks, toilet facilities at visitor centres, rest areas and at tramping
track huts, campervan and stock truck discharges, trade wastes, and
other discharges that may have an effect on groundwater and surface
water quality and public health in Southland. The plan looks at how
Environment Southland will manage effluent and sludge in Southland.
Download the Effluent Land Application Plan.
Note: We're currently in the process of combining
provisions from the Transitional Regional Plan, Regional Effluent Land
Application Plan and Regional Water Plan into one document. The proposed Southland Water
and Land Plan introduces new methods to manage activities that we
know adversely affect the quality of Southland’s freshwater. Relevant
objectives, policies and rules of the proposed Plan, as well as those in the existing plans, must be considered in all resource consent applications lodged with Environment Southland.