Rotorua Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Rotorua Lakes Council and CNI have made a commitment to end spraying treated wastewater in Whakarewarewa Forest by 2019.

The upgraded Wastewater Treatment Plant will be able to handle more than 70 million litres of wastewater, which is three times more than it does today.

Council is currently engaging with the community to find out what residents think about the preferred Water Restoration Land Contact Bed and the treated wastewater release point option, which have been designed using Māori knowledge. (Matauranga Māori)

Council needs your help to answer two prominent questions:

  • How can we improve the design of the Land Contact Bed proposed at the Wastewater Treatment Plant?
  • How best can we address your concerns about the proposed Land Contact Bed?


Rotorua Lakes Council and CNI have made a commitment to end spraying treated wastewater in Whakarewarewa Forest by 2019.

The upgraded Wastewater Treatment Plant will be able to handle more than 70 million litres of wastewater, which is three times more than it does today.

Council is currently engaging with the community to find out what residents think about the preferred Water Restoration Land Contact Bed and the treated wastewater release point option, which have been designed using Māori knowledge. (Matauranga Māori)

Council needs your help to answer two prominent questions:

  • How can we improve the design of the Land Contact Bed proposed at the Wastewater Treatment Plant?
  • How best can we address your concerns about the proposed Land Contact Bed?


Council needs your whakaaro (ideas) on:

  • How can we improve the design of the Land Contact Bed proposed at the Wastewater Treatment Plant?
  • How best can we address your concerns about the proposed Land Contact Bed?

Please share your ideas with us below.
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Rotorua is still a pretty poor city,Tax payers money should be spent wisely

14speed 8 months ago

Need a new treatment plant but don't waste money on the cultural wall/sculpture this is pure unnecessary aesthetics.

Honest 8 months ago

Great proposal which I fully support, it would be good to see a waste water educational hub tagged on to this as it would be away of decimating the knowledge and showcasing the innovation and matauranga genesis. Let's turn our waste water into a tourist attraction and educational experience.

Haarmz 8 months ago

If this is the best, and most cost effective way, to treat our waste water, then I am all for it.

However, do we really have to invest so much, in the presentation, of what is primarily a sewage plant. This council seems to be fixated on sculptures and the like.

Please remember that a large proportion of the population is on low or fixed incomes, whose income may only increase by the cost of living percentage.

Julie86 9 months ago

Thank you for this information I don't see any ways to improve the proposed filtration system...it was great to see and hear the korero...kia ora I look forward to seeing the final product.

Desiree60 over 1 year ago