Glossary

Buchan trap

Buchan trap
A U-shaped clay device in a sewer pipe to prevent rats or mice entering the pipe.

Building consent

Building consent
If you're thinking about building or renovating, you may need to apply to Auckland Council for a building consent, resource consent, or both.

Catchment

Catchment
An area of land, often bounded by hills or mountains, where rainwater collects and eventually flows into streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands or the ocean.

Closed-circuit television or video

CCTV
Closed-circuit television or video. It is used to show the condition of our pipes.

Compliance statement

Compliance statement
Compliance statements became mandatory on 1 July 2017. They allow competent consultants and contractors to self-certify their work (design and construction). We may accept the statements as evidence that the design or building work complies or will comply with the relevant codes and standards.

CT

Certificate of Title
Legal document showing ownership of a property. It also describes the land and lists all easements, encumbrances, and consent notices on the title.

Development contribution

Development contribution
Auckland Council’s fee for extra community and network infrastructure needed as a result of developments such as new houses, subdivisions, etc.

Disinfection

Disinfection
A water treatment process to remove microbes that could make us sick. The process can involve chemicals such as chlorine, or ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, where the water is exposed to UV light from lamps.

Domestic

Domestic
We calculate your bill based on whether your water meter is classified as domestic or non-domestic. When the activity at your property involves only living and sleeping, your water meter is classified as domestic. All other meters are classified as non-domestic.

Downpipe

Downpipe
A downpipe collects rainfall (stormwater) from the roof and should connect to the stormwater network only, not the wastewater (sewage) network.