No-one is exempt from prosecution for spills that pollute
waterways, the Otago Regional Council says.
At a meeting this week, councillors expressed concern at the
number of spills into water from Queenstown Lakes District
Council sewerage pipes.
There had been 11 unauthorised spills into Lake Wakatipu in
the past 13 months.
Chairman Stephen Woodhead said the council investigated all
instances of spills to waterways whether urban or rural and
treated them the same.
Chief executive Peter Bodeker said no decisions had been made
on what penalties Queenstown Lakes Council could face if
there were future spills.
''We are working very closely with the aim of identifying a
way forward as there have been too many discharges to the
He would be talking to the council's chief executive at their
next meeting about dealing with the problem of sewage spills
into the lake.
Cr David Shepherd said it was important the council was
consistent across the rural and urban environments in how it