Ongare Point Wastewater Scheme
This page is dedicated to information about the Ongare Point Wastewater Scheme project. Here you will find up to date information on the project, as well as useful links to presentations, reports and forms.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Onsite Effluent Treatment Plan (OSET) required every property in Ongare Point to comply with the plan by December 2015.
Previously, the Ongare Point community used septic tanks to treat the wastewater from their houses. The Regional Council undertook water quality monitoring that showed poor performing septic tanks was leading to contamination of Tauranga Harbour. It therefore required every property to comply with more stringent conditions in the OSET plan.
To comply with the OSET plan each property must either;
- Apply for a resource consent for their existing system
- Upgrade their existing system to an aerated system
- Connect it to the Council reticulated wastewater scheme.
Western Bay of Plenty District Council has investigated options to replace existing septic tanks at Ongare Point over the last 10 years.
In 2017, Council gave approval for the construction of a new scheme. The scheme consists of an onsite tank at each property that will pump wastewater from the properties to a new centralised treatment plant.
Construction on the scheme commenced in April 2018 and included construction of reticulation on property tanks and a new Treatment Plant. Two separate contracts ran concurrently for the scheme construction. Innoflow designed and constructed the treatment plant and Loveridge Ltd were contracted to complete the reticulation and on-property connections.
Where we're at
The wastewater scheme has been constructed and is now operational. As indicated in the design drawings (link below) the scheme includes a treatment plant, irrigation field and reticulation of the Ongare Point community. Currently, 57 properties are connected to the new scheme.
The resource consent 17-0862 for the treatment plant and disposal field was granted by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. As part of this consent, baseline sampling was completed in the stream and ground water bores and regular monitoring and sampling has begun. We have also begun routine sampling of the treatment plant as required by resource consent.
The system is now being monitored by Innoflow over the next 3-5 years to ensure treatment plant maintenance and resource consent compliance are met. The includes a maintenance contact to cover the long term operation of the treatment plant and monitoring on property tanks & pumps.
What is next?
Formal sign off of the construction is still to be completed. Items still to be completed include; on-property commissioning of the last of the newly installed tanks, finishing touches, reinstatement (some of this has been delayed by the dry weather effecting grass growth). Drainage as built information will also be updated in our system and noted on the property files. Reinstatement of grass and soil has been effected over the dry period which has prevented some reinstatement being completed.
We will also be sending out some basic information packs for residents, namely user brochures. We are also ensuring we have the right information available for our frontline staff to manage any incoming calls should they arise.
An indicative work program is outlined below:
October 2019 - Project completion and close off
Tentative open day for public viewing of the treatment plant is still be confirmed.
07 571 8008.
The total budget for the new wastewater scheme is $2.4m (including GST). This was jointly funded by Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay District Council and the affected landowners. The landowner contribution to the scheme was finalised at $13,007.41 (including GST). Invoices have been sent out to property owners who are connected to the scheme and have opted to pay the finalised landowner contribution. The remaining land owner contributions will be linked to the annual Rates invoice to be paid over 15 years.
For land owners who are contributing payments over 15 years with their annual rates invoice, the Council has recently passed policy that allows for payment of a lump sum of the contribution balance with their annual rates invoice. More information will be sent out with the next rates invoice in 2020.
For new development within the Ongare Point reticulation zone requiring the connection of a new STEP tank there is also an updated connection fee that applies for installation.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council links: