DrainWise resources and videos aim to inform you and challenge our community about wastewater discharges.
Simple adjustments to our habits at home can make a huge difference for the health of our community and our waterways.
Here's your DrainWise checklist
Here's a simple checklist to check your property's pipes and drains.
During heavy rain, Gisborne's wastewater (sewage) system gets overwhelmed with stormwater (rain) and the network can't cope with the volume of extra water going through it.
When this happens, wastewater overflows onto people's properties and out of manholes on roads. To prevent this form happening, Council has to open emergency valves and release the pressure by discharging the wastewater into the city's river.
Stormwater can enter the wastewater system from your property. Help us to prevent wastewater overflows by following the simple checklist.
Healthy water, healthy community
When water isn't draining right - it's not healthy for your family, your home or our rivers and beaches.
Here's information on what you can do. If you have flooding issues on your property.
Fill in our online property flooding form
Download the DrainWise Healthy Water poster [PDF, 3 MB]
Sinks are not rubbish bins
Facts on fatbergs and how they're blocking our sewage system and how simple adjustments to our behaviour at home can make a world of difference for our waterways!
Download the poster Sinks are not rubbish bins [PDF, 1.8 MB]
Keep stormwater and wastewater separate
Gisborne has separate networks for stormwater (rain) and wastewater (sewage). Watch the video featuring our local surf life saving champs and the waka ama national midget champions teaching us about Gisborne’s different water networks.
Get to know your gully trap
Mike Hall, a local Gizzy plumber “getting to know your gully trap…you’ll prevent a whole lot of pollution on our properties and our rivers”.
Only Flush the 3 Ps - pee, poo and (toilet) paper
Nick reminds us about what we should and should not flush down the toilet. Blocked wastewater pipes can cause sewage back-ups in your home or overflow into our city's rivers.
Download Only flush the 3 Ps [PDF, 277 KB]