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For the assessment of WWPSs vulnerability, building characteristics, (such as age, type) including geological and geotechnical characteristics (such as soil type, liquefaction susceptibility), were applied to reveal the WWPSs' building vulnerability to earthquakes (see Building Act, 2004; Standards New Zealand, 2004; NZSEE, 2006).
Regarding the greatest numbers of WWPSs with buildings in the Hutt City wastewater system compared with Gisborne and Blenheim, initial earthquake assessment procedure recommended by NZSEE (2006) was applied to disclose the Hutt City WWPSs' building vulnerability to earthquakes.
The vulnerability assessment methodology based on NZSEE (2006) comprises of 7 steps to fully grade building vulnerability to earthquakes.
NZSEE (2006) recommends that if the calculated percentage of the New Building Standard (%NBS) for each particular building be less than two thirds of the NBS, then the building is vulnerable to earthquakes and should be retrofitted.
The NZSEE initial assessment requires earthquake and geological characteristics of the place where pumping station are mounted on.
Regarding the NZSEE (2006) recommendation for the retrofitting of buildings, 81% of the pumping stations should be renovated with new building codes.
In: Proceedings of the New Zealand society for earthquake engineering conference--2006 NZSEE, 10-12 March 2006, Napier, New Zealand.
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