This page is dedicated to information about the Te Puna West Wastewater Reticulation project. Here you will find up to date information on the project, as well as useful links to presentations, reports and forms.
Progress to date
- All stages of the mains reticulation are now live.
- 111 of 130 Package pumpstations are now live and operating in the wastewater scheme.
- Only 10 package pumpstations are left to install and 9 pumpstations are being commissioned.
- Aotea Electrical has installed 125 control boxes in the scheme. Only 5 left to install
December work plan
The contractor will continue the installation of tanks on the remaining properties.
Waitui toilet block will be installed with its package pump unit.
Wastewater discharges and use of the system
|Kitty litter||Explosives||Flammable materials|
|Lubricating oil/grease||Strong chemicals||Petrol/diesel|
|Stormwater run off||Diapers||Sanitary napkins/tampons|
If you have any queries regarding this project to date, or its progress going forward, please do not hesitate to contact Project Manager Tuana Kuka by email email@example.com or phone 07 579 6743.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Onsite Effluent Treatment Plan (OSET) required every property in Te Puna West (within the plan's maintenance zone) to comply with the plan by December 2015.
Currently, the Te Puna West community uses septic tanks, which Regional Council water quality monitoring shows is at times contaminating the Te Puna West foreshore.
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 advanced system
- Be decommissioned and connected to a District Council or approved community sewerage reticulation scheme.
The problem? High ground water and poor soil conditions mean it will be very difficult for a large portion of this community to comply.
The solution? Western Bay Council proposed a solution to this problem, in the form of a reticulation scheme for the community.
This would see properties hooked up to the Omokoroa pipeline. There is a cost for each property, which could be within $12,800 - $15,800 initially, and a further annual contribution. The scheme involves installation of a grinder pump for each individual property, and connecting infrastructure to allow sewage to be pumped to the Omokoroa transfer pipeline and processed at Tauranga City Council's Chapel Street treatment station.
Further information on the proposed scheme is enclosed in the Te Puna West Background Information Report below.
Feedback forms were sent to all property owners within the Te Puna West Reticulation Zone in December 2015, seeking formal commitment to the scheme. Of the 80 percent of forms returned, 85 percent of property owners supported the scheme.
Land Owner Scheme Commitment Form
Funding Impact for Landowners
Questions and Answer Sheet - Te Puna West Wastewater Scheme 2015
Te Puna West Wastewater feedback form
Information meeting presentation - 21-22 April 2015
Te Puna West Background Information Report
Map - proposed sewerage reticulation area
Information meeting presentation - 2 November 2015
Bay of Plenty Regional Council links:
Onsite Effluent Systems
Te Puna Environmental Monitoring Results
Estuary Water Quality Report 2014