After about two decades, a solution may finally have been
found for sewage and wastewater disposal problems at Hampden.
Various proposals have been explored over the year, including
in 2006 a fully reticulated scheme with a treatment plant
costing up to almost $6 million and costing property owners
more than $28,500.
The town has 207 residential dwellings, but many vacant
sections which could be developed. It is the largest
community in the Waitaki district without a reticulated
wastewater treatment system.
Now the Waitaki District Council's committee of the whole has
accepted recommendations from a Hampden Wastewater Liaison
Group that it introduce a managed on-site (such as septic
tanks or other individual property solutions) wastewater
programme, expected to cost about $65 a ratepayer a year.
While the cost of installing and maintaining suitable systems
would be on individual ratepayers, the council would fund
improvements as a last resort, which would be paid for by
rates against the property.
It has recommended the council include that programme in its
2013-14 annual plan, which would also give people a chance to
have their say before the proposal was approved or rejected.
While the town does not have a major problem with disposal -
only two issues were found on 50 properties surveyed - there
were worries about how well systems were working, how they
were being maintained and the potential for future health or
In 2006, after extensive investigations, a full scheme was
proposed but the cost was prohibitive.
The topic was revived again last year and all options
discussed with the community.
Waihemo Community Board chairman Rod Philip said the board
thought it was time to ''give the issue a real shove along''.
Feedback from Hampden people at a forum was they were happy
with the proposal for a managed on-site wastewater programme.
Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton praised the proposal and said
steps had been taken, solutions found and the result was
Strategy group manager Richard Mabon said the aim was to give
certainty to Hampden people.
The solution would enable development in the town, at the
same time achieving good public health and environmental