Business out of the city - moving forward without the pipe
Author:  Grant Fleming
Presented/Published:  New Zealand Land Treatment Collective, March 2016
Keywords:  on-site wastewater, large format retail, commercial, rural, flow metering
Large format retailers (supermarkets, home and garden centres etc.) are aggressively expanding store numbers to increase their coverage before competitors encroach on target markets.  Expansion has predominantly occurred in municipal regions, where retailers take over sites within existing reticulated areas, however, they are increasingly looking to expand into rural zones.  Likewise, smaller boutique companies, including breweries and butcheries, are targeting rural areas where the zoning is more sympathetic to this land use.  But what happens when target markets are to be found in locations beyond the serviced boundaries?  Businesses that traditionally ‘connect to the pipe’ are increasingly finding themselves reliant on on-site servicing for the three waters – water supply, stormwater, and wastewater.  Whilst all three areas have their own development issues, the most difficult of these servicing requirements is typically for wastewater.  On-site wastewater, particularly for large commercial establishments, can be a development obstacle for industries unaccustomed to managing this type of constraint.  This paper reviews collation of design data and touches on land and environmental constraints of an artisan butchery attempting to establish and a large format supermarket being built in non-reticulated areas.

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