Manawatu District Council wastewater service provides for the safe and reliable collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater (sewage) from residential, industry and commercial properties in the district.  Monitoring and research, policy planning and advocacy of issues relating to wastewater are amongst the issues that the wastewater services cover.

Lateral pipes connect the house drains at the property boundary to the sewer main pipes in the street. Sewer main pipes and pump stations convey the wastewater to the treatment plant in each location. The wastewater is treated and then discharged to land or waterways.

Feilding Wastewater Treatment Plant Feilding Wastewater Treatment Plant

We collect, treat and dispose of wastewater from the following urban areas:

  • Feilding
  • Sanson
  • Halcombe
  • Rongotea
  • Kimbolton
  • Cheltenham
  • Awahuri

The Level of Service we are planning for

  • 95% of customers satisfied with their wastewater services
  • 95% of urban residences within connection distance of a sewer lateral
  • Wastewater services are provided at the agreed level of service for the lowest possible cost
  • 100% of affected users given 24 hours notice given of planned shutdowns
  • 90% of complaints or issues responded to within 2 hours
  • Wastewater systems have minimal impact on the environment.
  • 100% of resource consent conditions met


  • Treated Storage Reservoir. The new dual discharge resources consent for the Feilding plant will require a treated effluent storage reservoir to act as a buffer in times of low river flows and soil saturation. This reservoir is integral to the new resource consent. This work is programmed for 2012/13
  • Feilding Pipe Renewals: Stormwater infiltration issues will be investigated in the 2012/13 financial year. A renewals budget of $410,000 increasing to $550,000 has been allowed for pipe renewals for each year of the LTP.
  • Rongotea Treatment: $200,000 is allocated for a new pump station, alum storage tank and aerator, electrical work and pipeline extensions.
  • Kimbolton Treatment: The plant requires an infiltration (polishing) system and ultraviolet treatment system.$3000,00 has been allocated to this project in the 2012/13 financial year, with half of this money coming from the Ministry for the Environment Freshwater Cleanup Fund.
  • Cheltenham discharge: $75,000 has been allocated to fence off and realign drain outfall.
  • Halcombe Wastewater Treatment Plant: A new aerator is required for the treatment pond  with an allocated budget of $51,000 in the 2012/13 financial year. 
  • Sanson: There is a need to implement a flow monitoring system to ensure that resource consent conditions are met. $77,000 has been allocated in the 2012/13 financial year.  

Monitoring the Service

  • Comply with Ministry of Health requirements
  • Comply with discharge resource consent conditions
  • No unauthorised discharges from the wastewater reticulation systems


Current Major Projects

Feilding Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrade

Himatangi Beach Community Sewerage Scheme

Feilding Waste Water Treatment Plant Resource Consent application

Council Plans and Information

Long Term Plan (LTP) 2012/2022 

Annual Report

Wastewater Forms

MDC New Services Connections

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