Council, 26 April 2001
That the Council adopt[s] the following rules in respect to the maintenance of water supply pipes installed in private property.
- All pipes within a single property title, and serving only that property shall be maintained by the property owner/s at their expense and effort.
- That any pipe installed within an easement, and utilised only by those parties, named in the easement documents, is owned by and will be maintained by the named parties at their expense and effort.
- That all pipes protected by an easement in favour of the Christchurch City Council are owned and will be maintained by the Council.
- A pipe which is owned by the Council and which is installed in private land (or ROW), principally for water supply networking purposes (with or without an easement in favour of the Council) will be maintained by the Council.
- That all pipes installed in private land (or ROW) fitted with fire hydrants for the benefit of more than one landowner are considered to be owned and, therefore, maintained by the Council up to and including the hydrants.
- That pipework installed in a ROW and used by the owners of the ROW shall be maintained by the users of the pipe.
- That where a pipe is installed in private land and legal difficulties arise in respect to the use and maintenance of the installed pipework, the Council will attempt to facilitate a satisfactory outcome. In assisting with the determination of an outcome, an assessment will be made of the public and private benefit accruing from any proposed work and costs will be proportionally allocated between the parties
- The Council will maintain and service water connection boxes whether installed on private property or public land.
- That where the owners of a private pipe do not maintain the pipe Section 676 of the Local Government Act will be used to have the pipe repair arranged by the Council, but the Council will not undertake full restoration of the surface, and will take steps to recover the cost of repair.