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Rule 3 Stormwater discharges

Rule 3 Stormwater discharges

Updated 6 July 2016 2:03pm

The discharge of stormwater into surface water that does not comply with conditions (1) or (2) of Rule 2 is a controlled activity provided that the discharge complies with the standards and terms below.


(1) The discharger shall ensure that, after reasonable mixing, the stormwater discharged will not give rise to any of the following effects:

(a) the production of any conspicuous oil or grease films, scums or foams, or floatable or suspended materials; or

(b) any conspicuous change in the colour or visual clarity; or

(c) any emission of objectionable odour; or

(d) the rendering of fresh water unsuitable for consumption by farm animals; or

(e) any significant adverse effects on aquatic life.

(2) The discharge does not cause erosion at the point of discharge.

(3) The discharge does not alter the natural course of the river or stream.


(1) A charge set in accordance with section 36(2) of the Act, shall be paid to the Wellington Regional Council for carrying out its functions in relation to the administration, monitoring, and supervision of the activity, and for carrying out its functions under section 35 (duty to gather information, monitor and keep records) of the Act.


The matters over which the Wellington Regional Council shall exercise its control are:

(1) the duration of the consent; and

(2) the taking and supplying of samples; and

(3) the carrying out of measurements, samples, analyses, surveys, investigations, or inspections; and

(4) the provision of information to the consent authority at specified times; and

(5) compliance with monitoring, sampling and analysis conditions; and

(6) the payment of administration charges; and

(7) the measures in place to avoid or mitigate the effects of the discharge.