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Rangitīkei District Council supplies stormwater services to the residents of the district via six urban and four rural schemes.

Urban Communities

  • Bulls
  • Hunterville
  • Mangaweka
  • Marton
  • Ratāna
  • Taihape

The six urban communities (listed above) are serviced by a combination of public and private reticulation. In addition to the 40 kilometres of public pipelines, the network includes both public and privately owned open drains and watercourses as well as road drainage systems such as side drains, culverts and bridges. The total replacement value of all our stormwater infrastructure is $29M.

Full details of Council’s plans to manage its stormwater assets can be found in the:

Asset Management Plan 3 Waters 2021-2031

Stormwater programme of works:

Between 2021 and 2024, Council will maintain our stormwater network, improve stormwater services in Bulls and create a strategy to direct our work going forward.

Asset Management Strategy: In 2019, we started to revise our Asset Management Strategy for the drinking water, wastewater and storm water assets. The strategy will include more detailed assessments of asset performance and conditions of the Three Waters networks. Collecting more accurate asset data will continue for the next three years and is expected to be completed by 2024. On completion, the new asset management strategy will produce a 30-year prioritised programme of works for renewals, performance upgrades and network growth for the Three Waters assets. The following factors will significantly contribute to infrastructure investment decisions:

  • changing demand for services;
  • rising public health and environmental outcomes;
  • resilience; and
  • Affordability.


  • Open drain renewals: Every year for the next four years, Council will invest $100,000 to maintain our open drains, with a focus on known network issues.
  • Stormwater reticulation renewals: In the 2022/23 and 2024/25 financial years, Council will invest $100,000 to maintain our stormwater reticulation infrastructure.

Stormwater Projects

Major Projects we are committed to:

Bulls Stormwater Upgrades: Every year for the next three years, Council will invest $200,000 per financial year to upgrade stormwater infrastructure in Bulls, to ensure it can cope with heavy rain events.