Have your say on Stormwater Management Plans

Stormwater super hero logo, blue background with super hero symbol

The Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee is encouraging community members to get involved and have their say on the future of the city’s stormwater management.

Christchurch City Council (CCC) is currently running consultation on two draft stormwater management plans (SMPs) – for the Huritini/Halswell and the Ōpāwaho/Heathcote.

These plans are environmentally important as they are CCC’s direct link in improving long-term stream health quality in these catchments, which are directly impacted by associated contaminants from stormwater.

CCC’s comprehensive consent covers the existing and future reticulated stormwater network within Christchurch City and Banks Peninsula.

It is the first time all stormwater discharges from those reticulated stormwater networks will be managed under one consent, with a SMP developed for seven sub-catchments.

Committee Chair Kevin Brown

Committee Chair Kevin Brown

Zone committee involvement

The Committee has been engaged with CCC over the past few years to provide advice on how to engage with the community on the draft management plans.

Committee Chair Kevin Brown said the committee supports the council’s efforts to engage the community on what can sometimes be a “complicated topic” and looks forward to seeing plans shaped in a way that meets the needs of the affected communities.

Two community drop-in sessions were held recently to help explain the challenges in the draft plans and help support the community provide informed feedback.

“It’s important the community has its say on the two draft SMPs, so the City Council can carry out the community’s wishes over the coming years,” Kevin said.

Kevin attended the drop-in sessions to help explain the intricacies of stormwater, and he was joined by the Stormwater Superhero resource and Environment Canterbury staff.

Kevin Brown helped staff the Stormwater Superhero resource at a recent drop-in session.

The Stormwater Superhero resource at a recent drop-in session.

What is stormwater?

Stormwater is water that runs off our roofs, driveways, roads and gardens then into our gutters. It flows untreated into our waterways and out to sea. On its journey, it picks up a whole heap of nasty bits and pieces that end up in our rivers and streams.

This includes litter and rubbish, animal excrement and chemicals from things like washing cars and paintbrushes on the driveway.

The Stormwater Superhero mobile resource is a trailer encouraging education around stormwater, and positive actions that anyone can take at home, making them a superhero.

Find out more about how you can help keep stormwater clean and improve the quality of water in our rivers and streams.

These actions can include:

  • picking up your dog's poo to dispose of properly;
  • washing your car on the grass verge so the grass filters out the pollutants; and
  • washing paint brushes in the laundry sink, not into the stormwater drain.