Trade Waste Bylaw Review 2013
Watercare replaced four existing trade waste bylaws with one Auckland-wide bylaw, standardising trade waste regulation across the city. A local information session for East Tamaki trade waste customers was held in February and the review decision was announced on 22 August 2013.
The new bylaw moves away from the historic varied consents system to individual contracts relating to each business' specifics. There are two categories – deemed, who will only require a standard ‘working with you' agreement and conditional, requiring a trade waste agreement. GETBA supported the move based on the expected outcome of deemed customers facing reduced compliance costs and the focus being on the customers that typically produce greater trade waste.
Decision on wastewater tariff changes announced 1 May 2013
Watercare's chosen option for a single, region-wide tariff to replace the 44 different legacy council charging regimes offers low user, medium user, high user and an industry pricing plan. The new tariff took effect from 1 July 2013 but will be phased in over three years, and in year one there will be no change to the existing tariff structure.
Implications for business: GETBA lobbied for the transition period to allow time for businesses impacted by the change to a volumetric 'user pays' approach to reduce their water use and consequent wastewater discharges, and also for some to rationalise the number of water meters.
> Go to Watercare's website for the new pricing plans and FAQ's.
> Click here for Watercare's presentation on the changes at the August GETBA Breakfast.
> Click here for GETBA's submissions to Watercare on these changes.