Do I have to connect my property to the Mangawhai wastewater scheme?
We require connection if it is a new build (i.e. a vacant is being developed). If there is an existing dwelling with a functioning on-site wastewater treatment and disposal system then we do not require connection (this is at the owner’s discretion) however, this is encouraged. If the service is available (within 30metres) they must connect. Jack Boyd Drive is an exception. There is a Council resolution that does not require connection unless further development occurs however Council is looking to change this decision.
What do I need to do to connect to the Mangawhai Wastewater system?
You need to submit an application to Kaipara District Council Water Services staff. This would be for individual properties only. Connection fee would be an estimated quote obtained from Council’s contractor The customer will need to be notified if they approve of this price and would still like to connect. An invoice will be raised by Kaipara District Council and sent to customer. Work will only commence once the fee has been received by Council. Council will advise payment has been made and that work can commence. NB: This only applies if there isn’t a connection available to the property boundary. If there is a connection available (generally the case for subdivisions) then you would apply by way of a Building Consent.
Who manages the physical Connections?
Council’s contractor will manage the connections, if they are to use sub-contractors they will need to be registered and a copy of their Health and Safety plans will need to be provided to Council, for boundary to main. They will carry out the inspections for individual connections (joint inspections with planning engineer for subdivisions).
What do I do if my property is not connectable and the public sewer line needs extending?
Customers wishing to extend the public sewer line should discuss in the first instance with the Kaipara District Council Water Services staff.
How much do I have to pay if I connect to MCWWS?
Currently Council's policy is that where a property has neither paid a capital contribution (by way of rates), nor a development contribution (by way of additional development), any new wastewater connections to the service shall have a development contribution applied to the application. It is payment of either a capital contribution or a development contribution that each property is required to pay towards the cost of constructing the MCWWS.
For the current financial year the development contribution for can be found in our Fees and Charges.
Please note: A building consent is required before any work proceeds
Where can I find an Application to Connect?
Application for Connection to Services
Please note an inspection fee is required for inspection of the connection carried out by either Council contractors or a registered drainlayer. If you require Council contractors to carry out the connection, a quote will be obtained from the contractors, we will contact you with the cost and confirm with you if connection is still wanted. If yes, we will send you an invoice for the costs. The connection will be scheduled in following payment being received.
What is the Capital Contribution for MCWWS?
Council introduced and reinstated six targeted rates (A-F) in 2013/2014 to fund the capital cost of MCWWS and to ensure equity amongst current and future users of the Scheme. They fund the capital expenses in developing the wastewater treatment plant, disposal system, and reticulation and pump stations, to provide wastewater services to the Mangawhai area. Capital Contributions B and C have been paid; A, D, E and F continue to be rated.
A - The targeted rate is a fixed amount per rating unit to all land liable for the rate within the Mangawhai wastewater network of $676.00 (including GST). This amount is calculated from a principal amount of $8,397 (including GST), payable over 30 years from 01 July 2013 at annuity interest of 6.99%.
D - The targeted rate is a fixed amount per rating unit to all land liable for the rate within the Mangawhai wastewater network of $569.95 (including GST). This amount is calculated from a principal amount of $6,210.50 (including GST), payable over 21 years from 01 July 2013 at annuity interest of 6.99%.
E - The targeted rate is a fixed amount per rating unit to all land liable for the rate within the Mangawhai wastewater network of $606.31 (including GST). This amount is calculated from a principal amount of $6,728.10 (including GST), payable over 22 years from 01 July 2013 at annuity interest of 6.99%.
F - The targeted rate is a fixed amount per rating unit to all land liable for the rate within the Mangawhai wastewater network of $643.26 (including GST). This amount is calculated from a principal amount of $7,261.30 (including GST), payable over 23 years from 01 July 2013 at annuity interest of 6.99%.
Council’s Early Payment of Rates for Subsequent Years Policy applies to these rates.
Why do I have to pay a ‘Capable of Connecting Fee’ in my rates?
Targeted rates may be used to fund specific Council activities. Targeted rates are appropriate for services or activities where a specific group of ratepayers benefit from that service or where the revenue collected is targeted towards funding a specific type of expenditure.
Properties capable of connection are defined as being within 30 metres of a public sewerage (wastewater) drain to which it is capable of being effectively connected, either directly or through a private drain.
Why do we need to pay a Development Contribution?
The purpose of development contributions is to enable Council to recover from those persons undertaking development a fair, equitable and proportionate portion of the total cost of capital expenditure necessary to service growth over the long term. Those that have not paid any capital or development contributions to date are charged a wastewater development contribution prior to the provision of a connection to the scheme.
At the time of granting your building or resource consent you will be issued with a development contribution notice for wastewater.
How do we know if our property needs a grinder pump?
If the property is being connected to a pressure line or rising main it will need a grinder pump. If the property can be connected into a gravity line, a grinder pump is not needed provided that the topography allows a gravity discharge from the dwelling to the gravity main (otherwise a grinder pump will be required).
If I want to add an additional toilet to my dwelling can I do this and will it affect my rates?
For residential properties: there is normally no additional rates charged for extra toilets to the existing dwelling unless an additional SUIP (separately used or inhabited part) is created (e.g. flat or unit). Similarly, if a toilet is added to a minor dwelling there is no additional charge unless an additional SUIP (separately used or inhabited part) is created (e.g. flat or unit).
For non-residential properties an additional toilet will attract an additional pan charge.