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Rule 28 Laying pipes, ducts, and cables across intermittently flowing streams

Rule 28 Laying pipes, ducts, and cables across intermittently flowing streams

Updated 13 May 2015 12:36pm

The placement and use [,including any associated;

  • disturbance of any river bed; or
  • deposition on the river bed; or
  • temporary diversion;]

of any:

(1) pipe for carrying water; or

(2) cable or duct; or

(3) pipe for carrying natural gas less than 2000 kPa in pressure

in, under, or over the bed of any intermittently flowing river or stream,which

(a) has an external diameter of no greater than 400 mm; and

(b) does not alter or interfere with the natural course or flow of the river or stream, including any diversion of water from its natural course during floods;

is a permitted activity provided it complies with the conditions specified below.


(1) No contaminants (including but not limited to oil, petrol, diesel, paint, or solvent) shall be released to water from equipment being used for the construction of the river crossing, and no refuelling of equipment shall take place on any area of the river or stream bed.

(2) The pipe shall be laid across the river or stream bed, not along the bed.

(3) All material used during construction, but which is not part of the river crossing shall be removed from the river or stream bed and disposed of in an appropriate manner.

(4) All reasonable steps shall be taken to minimise the release of sediment to water during construction.

(5) The pipe shall be maintained so that there is no accumulation of debris in the river or stream.

In Rule 28, the words in square brackets were inserted by Decisions on Plan change 1 to the Regional Freshwater Plan December 2002