Waikato Regional Council's Dangerous Dams Policy was adopted on 14 December 2006.
Section 161 of the Building Act 2004 created a function for regional councils in regard to dams that have been assessed as dangerous. This policy provides background information on Waikato Regional Council's role, and defines ‘dams’ and ‘dangerous dams’.
Where a dam has been found to be dangerous, then it is essential that the potential risk to the wider community is removed or appropriately managed. Waikato Regional Council will will at least initially try to achieve this outcome by way of a consultative approach with the owners of any dam that is considered to be dangerous. However, the legislation provides a number of tools that Waikato Regional Council can turn to if the necessary action does not occur. If necessary, Waikato Regional Council will make use of those more regulatory tools.
The policy also addresses the particular case of dangerous dams that are also heritage dams.