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Five wastewater treatment plants in the Clutha District Council jurisdiction are not complying with the council’s own rules — discharging undertreated water into the environment.
The non-compliant plants were in Lawrence, Owaka, Kaka Point, Sterling and Tapanui.
"This is obviously of huge concern to us all," Mayor Bryan Cadogan said yesterday.
"It is not something that should be occurring and our ratepayers can expect that we are moving to rectify the situation."
There were different degrees of undertreated discharges to water at each site.
Clutha District Council chief executive Steve Hill said the council’s immediate focus was on fixing the problems .
"We have started work immediately to deal with the problems that are creating the non-compliance.
"This includes working on the fixes in parallel to return all plants to compliance as soon as possible."
The council had initiated an independent review to investigate why the non-compliant discharges had occurred.