East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Scheme

Construction of a sewerage system for East Rotoiti and Rotomā has started.

Here you can find information including:

Project summary:

The East Rotoiti Rotomā Sewerage Scheme aims to provide an essential service to the community that is delivered in a way that protects the health of the lake and is culturally appropriate.

It has been led by the Rotoiti Rotomā Sewerage Steering Committee since its inception in 2014 after Council's resource consent for its chosen scheme, at the time, failed in the Environment Court in 2012.

Finding preferred options for the community has also been supported by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and funding from Ministry of Health.

The construction phase will include:

  • Building a Wastewater Treatment Plant behind the Rotoiti Emery Store; and
  • Laying about 22 kilometres of reticulation network from Matahī Road in Rotomā to the plant

Initially, Rotomā properties including non-residential will be connected to the new service (2019) followed by the east Rotoiti community, with provisions to potentially connect nearby dwellings to the system.

The animation video below shows the proposed route of the sewerage reticulation line that will run from Matahī Road to the site of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.



Construction of a sewerage system for East Rotoiti and Rotomā has started.

Here you can find information including:

Project summary:

The East Rotoiti Rotomā Sewerage Scheme aims to provide an essential service to the community that is delivered in a way that protects the health of the lake and is culturally appropriate.

It has been led by the Rotoiti Rotomā Sewerage Steering Committee since its inception in 2014 after Council's resource consent for its chosen scheme, at the time, failed in the Environment Court in 2012.

Finding preferred options for the community has also been supported by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and funding from Ministry of Health.

The construction phase will include:

  • Building a Wastewater Treatment Plant behind the Rotoiti Emery Store; and
  • Laying about 22 kilometres of reticulation network from Matahī Road in Rotomā to the plant

Initially, Rotomā properties including non-residential will be connected to the new service (2019) followed by the east Rotoiti community, with provisions to potentially connect nearby dwellings to the system.

The animation video below shows the proposed route of the sewerage reticulation line that will run from Matahī Road to the site of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.



  • East Rotoiti | Rotomā Wastewater Treatment Plant commissioning

    2 months ago
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    12 August 2019

    East Rotoiti | Rotomā Wastewater Treatment Plant commissioning

    Today saw the official commissioning of the East Rotoiti | Rotomā Wastewater Treatment Plant.

    This included a pōhiri at Taurua Marae with key stakeholders and a tour of the new plant.

    The plant is scheduled to accept wastewater later this month.

    The construction of the wastewater treatment plant is part of the East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Scheme. The scheme is part of the Lakes Enhancement Programme jointly managed by the Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Rotorua Lakes Council. The scheme demonstrates Council’s commitment...

    12 August 2019

    East Rotoiti | Rotomā Wastewater Treatment Plant commissioning

    Today saw the official commissioning of the East Rotoiti | Rotomā Wastewater Treatment Plant.

    This included a pōhiri at Taurua Marae with key stakeholders and a tour of the new plant.

    The plant is scheduled to accept wastewater later this month.

    The construction of the wastewater treatment plant is part of the East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Scheme. The scheme is part of the Lakes Enhancement Programme jointly managed by the Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Rotorua Lakes Council. The scheme demonstrates Council’s commitment to work with partners to improve the water quality of Rotorua’s lakes which have been slowly deteriorating over a number of years. The degradation of water quality is a result of nutrient and bacterial inputs from septic tanks, farming and soil erosion in surrounding areas.

    The sewerage scheme aims to protect and improve the health of the lakes and individual properties in the area by providing the community with an essential service to responsibly dispose of wastewatwr in a way that is environmentally and culturally appropriate.

    At the commissioning, Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick spoke about the history of the complex project and the positive outcome that has resulted.

    “The health of our water is about the health of the people and the health of the land, and today marks a key milestone on this journey.

    “Sustainability and how we look after our natural assets couldn’t be more important to us as a Council. As we look to the future, we are so dependent on the good health of our lakes.

    “Conversations to improve the water quality of our lakes began a long time ago. Lake Rotoiti was identified as one of our most vulnerable lakes and the discussions that followed sparked the growth and strengthening of Council’s relationship with iwi.

    “Working in partnership is enormously important as we continue down this path. The work under way here in Rotoiti to protect our water and land is both deeply spiritual and enormously practical, and it is symbolic of the investment in our relationship with iwi.”

    The East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Scheme project has been led by the Rotoiti Rotomā Sewerage Steering Committee since its inception in 2014 after Council's resource consent for its chosen scheme, at the time, failed in the Environment Court in 2012.

    Since then, finding preferred options for the community has been a collaborative effort by Rotorua Lakes Council, and local iwi. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry for the Environment supported the scheme financially in recognition of the environmental and public health benefits of the scheme.

    The scheme involves the construction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant behind the Rotoiti Emery Store and the installation of a reticulation network to the plant to cater for homes in Rotomā and east Rotoiti.

    Rotomā properties will initially be connected to the reticulation network via the on-site Septic Tank Effluent Pumping (STEP) systems that they have previously had installed. An on-site wastewater pre-treatment system will later be installed at properties in east Rotoiti. These properties will then also be connected to the reticulation network which runs to the wastewater treatment plant.

    To date, $24.5 million of a $35.3 million budget has been invested in the project.

    Rotorua Lakes Council supports a full wastewater reticulation and treatment scheme that serves all Lake Rotoehu properties including Kennedy and Ōtautū Bays in the future. This will be dependent on securing funding.




  • East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Scheme update - August 2019

    3 months ago
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    5 August 2019

    Construction of the East Rotoiti | Rotomā wastewater treatment plant



    A significant component of the East Rotoiti | Rotomā wastewater scheme is nearing completion with the treatment plant due to be commissioned, and the Rotomā area ready to be switched over to operate on the new system.

    Mid-August will see the commissioning (testing) phase of the plant commence and receive wastewater from the Rotomā area. The official opening of the plant will be held on 12 August 2019. This will include a pōhiri at Taurua Marae and a tour of the new plant. The plant will accept...

    5 August 2019

    Construction of the East Rotoiti | Rotomā wastewater treatment plant



    A significant component of the East Rotoiti | Rotomā wastewater scheme is nearing completion with the treatment plant due to be commissioned, and the Rotomā area ready to be switched over to operate on the new system.

    Mid-August will see the commissioning (testing) phase of the plant commence and receive wastewater from the Rotomā area. The official opening of the plant will be held on 12 August 2019. This will include a pōhiri at Taurua Marae and a tour of the new plant. The plant will accept wastewater shortly after that date.

    Currently the plant is undergoing testing to ensure all components are working as designed. Once the plant is deemed to be functioning correctly the commissioning of the plant with wastewater will begin. When this happens, properties at Rotomā with Septic Tank Effluent Pre-treatment (STEP) tanks installed will be transferred to the new wastewater system. The switchover phase will take around two months to complete. Contractors will need to revisit sites to switch over to the new system and decommission the existing system. Around 190 of the 212 properties at Rotomā are expected to be operating on the new system within about two months of commissioning.


    You can see photos here.


    Reticulation

    The Rotomā reticulation (network of pipes) is now complete. The system has been pressure tested and is ready to commission once the plant is operational.

    The Rotoiti component of the reticulation project which will extend to Tapuaekura Marae at the end of Curtis Road is now underway.

    The East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Scheme aims to eventually expand and connect the Lake Rotoehu community.

    Other news

    So far 153 STEP tanks have been installed on properties in Rotomā.

    Kōmuhumuhu (Gisborne Point) has been identified as an area of archaeological significance by Heritage New Zealand. Council has sent letters to affected home owners seeking consent to investigate the site further in the event of a significant archaeological find while work is underway. At the same time Council is also seeking consent to install on-site pre-treatment systems on their properties.

    District sewerage schemes – East Rotoiti/Rotomā – targeted rates

    Council committed in the 2017/18 Annual Plan to a reticulated sewerage scheme for East Rotoiti/Rotomā following engagement with the community. With significant support from the community the scheme has proceeded. There are approximately 700 properties in the service area for this scheme, which will replace current on-site systems.

    The wastewater treatment plant will treat wastewater to a very high standard before it is discharged to land. This will limit the amount of nutrients entering the lake.

    The total estimated capital cost of the scheme is $35.3 million, largely funded by subsidies from Ministry of Health, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Ministry for the Environment and Rotorua Lakes Council. The balance of the capital cost of constructing this system will be repaid by the ratepayers receiving the service through targeted rates.

    A targeted rate to fund the operational costs of the new scheme will commence in the 2020/21 year.

    Eventually all properties in the scheme area will commence payment towards the capital contribution, either by making an upfront payment of $14,100 (GST inclusive) or $1,080 (GST inclusive) per annum over 25 years. The final capital contribution is subject to the final project cost with Council working hard to ensure costs are within estimates provided to the community.

    More information on rates is available HERE.

    If you would like to keep up to date with this project visit: www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/rotoitirotoma

  • April update

    by RRRangitauira, 6 months ago
    Spring is here!

    Click on the image above to see the latest update about the construction of the East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Scheme.

    Click on the image above to see the latest update about the construction of the East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Scheme.
  • February 2019 update

    by RRRangitauira, 8 months ago
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    Click on the image above to see the latest update on the East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Scheme including:
    • What was covered in last month's community meeting in Rotoiti; and
    • A progress update including images and videos of construction at the Wastewater Treatment Plant

    If you haven't already, please consider subscribing to this project to receive updates about the scheme.

    Click on the image above to see the latest update on the East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Scheme including:
    • What was covered in last month's community meeting in Rotoiti; and
    • A progress update including images and videos of construction at the Wastewater Treatment Plant

    If you haven't already, please consider subscribing to this project to receive updates about the scheme.

  • December update

    by RRRangitauira, 10 months ago
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    A meeting to update the lakes community about progress on constructing the East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Scheme is scheduled to take place next month at the Rotoiti Sports Club.

    The hui will happen at 10am on Saturday, 19 January 2019.

    Residents in Rotoiti and Rotomā are invited to attend the meeting which will cover:

    • Progress on the scheme including construction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Rotoiti, reticulation network and installing the on-site Septic Tank Effluent Pumping (STEP) system in Rotomā
    • Expected timeline milestones for the project
    • Current financial position of the project and issues; as well as
    • The process Council intends to follow to ensure all properties of Rotoiti and Rotomā are connected to the network

    If you'd like to see this month's full progress update, click on the image below.

    Please remember to subscribe to www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/rotoitirotoma to keep up-to-date with this project.




    A meeting to update the lakes community about progress on constructing the East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Scheme is scheduled to take place next month at the Rotoiti Sports Club.

    The hui will happen at 10am on Saturday, 19 January 2019.

    Residents in Rotoiti and Rotomā are invited to attend the meeting which will cover:

    • Progress on the scheme including construction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Rotoiti, reticulation network and installing the on-site Septic Tank Effluent Pumping (STEP) system in Rotomā
    • Expected timeline milestones for the project
    • Current financial position of the project and issues; as well as
    • The process Council intends to follow to ensure all properties of Rotoiti and Rotomā are connected to the network

    If you'd like to see this month's full progress update, click on the image below.

    Please remember to subscribe to www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/rotoitirotoma to keep up-to-date with this project.




  • Public meeting called

    by RRRangitauira, 11 months ago
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    29 November 2018 - Rotoiti and Rotomā residents and ratepayers are invited to a public community meeting about progress on a sewerage scheme for both lake communities.

    The hui is set down for:

    • Saturday (01 December, 2018) at 3pm
    • The venue is the Rotomā Community Hall

    The meeting, requested by the Rotomā Residents Association and the Rotorua Lakes Community Board, will cover:

    • Progress on construction of the scheme
    • Progress on installing an on-site Septic Tank Effluent Pre-treatment system as well as issues and questions
    • Estimated timeframe to connect Rotomā to the new Wastewater Treatment Plant in Rotoiti; and
    • Possible timeframe when residents and ratepayers, who are connected to the new scheme, are likely to pay for the targeted levy

    Another public hui, updating the community on progress to connect ratepayers and residents in Rotoiti to the scheme, will be held in the new year.

    Click on the photo below to see the full update of what will be covered at the public meeting on Saturday, along with images and video of progress in the scheme.

    Horizontal directional drill that's being used to lay the reticulation line between Rotomā and Rotoiti.



    29 November 2018 - Rotoiti and Rotomā residents and ratepayers are invited to a public community meeting about progress on a sewerage scheme for both lake communities.

    The hui is set down for:

    • Saturday (01 December, 2018) at 3pm
    • The venue is the Rotomā Community Hall

    The meeting, requested by the Rotomā Residents Association and the Rotorua Lakes Community Board, will cover:

    • Progress on construction of the scheme
    • Progress on installing an on-site Septic Tank Effluent Pre-treatment system as well as issues and questions
    • Estimated timeframe to connect Rotomā to the new Wastewater Treatment Plant in Rotoiti; and
    • Possible timeframe when residents and ratepayers, who are connected to the new scheme, are likely to pay for the targeted levy

    Another public hui, updating the community on progress to connect ratepayers and residents in Rotoiti to the scheme, will be held in the new year.

    Click on the photo below to see the full update of what will be covered at the public meeting on Saturday, along with images and video of progress in the scheme.

    Horizontal directional drill that's being used to lay the reticulation line between Rotomā and Rotoiti.



  • Construction of East Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage scheme is underway

    by RRRangitauira, about 1 year ago

    09 October 2018 - Progress on building a sewerage scheme for the east Rotoiti and Rotomā communities is on track.

    Construction of a Wastewater Treatment Plant behind the Emery Store in Rotoiti and a road to the plant is underway.

    Contractors have also laid about 13km of the 22km reticulation line starting from Matahī Road and, will in time, be connected to the plant.

    Rotomā

    The aim is to initially connect Rotomā properties including non-residential to the new service by April next year, via on-property Septic Tank Effluent Pumping systems - known as STEP.

    The on-site pre-treatment devices will be...

    09 October 2018 - Progress on building a sewerage scheme for the east Rotoiti and Rotomā communities is on track.

    Construction of a Wastewater Treatment Plant behind the Emery Store in Rotoiti and a road to the plant is underway.

    Contractors have also laid about 13km of the 22km reticulation line starting from Matahī Road and, will in time, be connected to the plant.

    Rotomā

    The aim is to initially connect Rotomā properties including non-residential to the new service by April next year, via on-property Septic Tank Effluent Pumping systems - known as STEP.

    The on-site pre-treatment devices will be hooked up to the reticulation network which will be connected to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

    As of the first week of October, 114 of the total 212 consents to install the STEP system in Rotomā have been signed and received by Rotorua Lakes Council.

    Its General Manager of Infrastructure, Stavros Michael, reported this to elected members last week.

    You can watch his presentation below and read his written presentation by clicking this LINK.



    Rotoiti

    A decision for a pre-treatment effluent system for Rotoiti homes hasn’t been made yet.

    Last year, a system called Biolytix was trialled.

    Mr Michael told elected members at last week’s Operations and Monitoring Committee meeting that Council is looking for a supplier which will provide the most cost effective system for the community.

    He says a device that also complies to the needs of resource consent for Rotoiti.

    A request for tender process is being prepared to determine whether Biolytix or the alternative, STEP system, should be adopted for the community.

    Council aims to find a supplier which will install the preferred pre-treatment system that runs it for 15 years.

    Mr Michael says that it will make a decision based on objectives such as:

    · Providing an essential service for the community

    · Helps protect the mauri (life force) of the lake and the health of the people; as well as

    · Providing a service in a way that is culturally appropriate

    You can watch Stavros Michael's presentation to the Operations and Monitoring Committee meeting in October HERE.

    The presentation includes:

    • Update on the project
    • Challenges
    • Budget and proposed cost to homeowners; and
    • Comments from the scheme’s Cultural Impact team and from the chair of the Rotorua Lakes Community Board

  • Where we've come from

    by RRRangitauira, over 1 year ago
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    Finding a preferred option for a sewerage scheme for east Rotoiti and Rotomā has taken about ten years and has involved the community, investigating options and reaching a decision.

    In 2012, Council renewed its direction in finding a scheme after its resource consent for its then chosen scheme failed in the Environment Court.

    With help from the community, the Regional Council and financial support from the Ministry of Health, Council needed to find a scheme that:

    • Helps to protect the mauri (life force) of the lake
    • Protects people's health
    • Ensures cultural factors have been considered as part of a scheme
    • ...

    Finding a preferred option for a sewerage scheme for east Rotoiti and Rotomā has taken about ten years and has involved the community, investigating options and reaching a decision.

    In 2012, Council renewed its direction in finding a scheme after its resource consent for its then chosen scheme failed in the Environment Court.

    With help from the community, the Regional Council and financial support from the Ministry of Health, Council needed to find a scheme that:

    • Helps to protect the mauri (life force) of the lake
    • Protects people's health
    • Ensures cultural factors have been considered as part of a scheme
    • Considers the cost to the community
    • Finds the best possible communal on-site wastewater pre-treatment system for the community
    • Ensures any available subsidies are used wisely

    The East Rotoiti Rotomā Sewerage Scheme has been led by the community group, the Rotoiti Rotomā Sewerage Steering Committee since its inception in 2014.

    It has been supported by a Cultural Impact team that is made up of members from the Rotoiti/ Rotomā community.

    A preferred option on a scheme was approved by Council in December 2014 and was added as a discussion document on page 13 of the Council's Long-Term Plan in 2015.


  • Where we are going

    by RRRangitauira, over 1 year ago
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    The aim is to develop a sewerage scheme that serves the community in a way that is environmentally sustainable and culturally appropriate. These objectives are reflected in the Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti Action Plan and Council's Long-term Plan for 2018 - 2028. (Refer to page 14).

    Council has taken the advice of the Rotoiti Rotomā Sewerage Steering Committee and a dedicated Cultural Impact Team in picking a preferred sewerage scheme option.

    So what will the sewerage system include?

    • Building a Wastewater Treatment Plant behind the Rotoiti Emery Store; and
    • A reticulation network of about 22 kilometres which runs from...

    The aim is to develop a sewerage scheme that serves the community in a way that is environmentally sustainable and culturally appropriate. These objectives are reflected in the Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti Action Plan and Council's Long-term Plan for 2018 - 2028. (Refer to page 14).

    Council has taken the advice of the Rotoiti Rotomā Sewerage Steering Committee and a dedicated Cultural Impact Team in picking a preferred sewerage scheme option.

    So what will the sewerage system include?

    • Building a Wastewater Treatment Plant behind the Rotoiti Emery Store; and
    • A reticulation network of about 22 kilometres which runs from Matahī Road in Rotomā to the plant in Rotoiti


    Future-proofing:

    • The system will be expanded, with the intention of connecting the Lake Rotoehu and eastern Rotoiti communities to the network
    • The total reticulation network will be 47.5 kilometres long