Feedback sought on dam rules

Auckland Council is asking for feedback on its draft Dangerous Dams Policy, which sets out what it will do if notified of a dangerous, earthquake-prone or flood-prone dam in the region.

The draft policy has been developed to meet the requirements of central government’s Building (Dam Safety) Regulations 2022, which will come into effect next May and will establish consistent minimum safety standards for dams across New Zealand.

Under the new regulations, owners of dams over a certain height or storage capacity will need to confirm the potential risk their dam would pose in the event of failure, put in place dam safety plans and undertake regular dam inspections.

Feedback must be submitted by Thursday, December 7.