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A cleaner Bay is on the way after an historic sewerage decision.

Focus on failing household sewerage systems

Council decides to extend Kerikeri's reticulated sewerage after a high profile community consultation exercise in July about sewerage options.

The Far North District Council plans to extend Kerikeri's reticulated sewerage after consulting the community about how best to address the town’s failing household sewerage systems. The Council asked the community in July 2013 to provide feedback on three options aimed at reducing sewage pollution and providing opportunities for residential and economic growth.

Option 1: Property owners remain responsible for managing their sewerage systems on the understanding that Council monitors these more rigorously to reduce system failures

Option 2: Property owners retain ownership of their systems, but Council maintains these on their behalf

Option 3: Council connects more properties in Kerikeri to its reticulated sewerage system. Possible new reticulation areas included Central Kerikeri, Riverview and Reinga.

The Council had received 670 submissions from people in the Kerikeri catchment at 9 August, of which 431 were from residents in the Kerikeri urban area. 60% of submitters in the town wanted the Council to connect more Kerikeri properties to its sewerage scheme, while 33% believed households should remain responsible for managing their on-site sewerage systems under a more rigorous monitoring and compliance programme. Only 7% of submitters were in favour of the Council managing their on-site systems on their behalf.

Councillors voted unanimously on 22 August 2013 to extend reticulated sewerage in central Kerikeri and Riverview/Waipapa Landing where 64% and 61% of submitters respectively supported connecting more properties to a public sewerage scheme. The Council will undertake further community consultation before deciding whether to extend reticulated sewerage in other satellite suburbs, including Reinga Heights.

Staff will start developing a detailed scheme proposal with costs for inclusion in the Council’s 2014-15 Draft Annual Plan. The public will be able to make submissions on this plan next year. The Council also plans to develop a second-hand market for aerated wastewater treatment systems so property owners with these systems in new reticulation areas are able to recoup some of the costs of buying and installing them when they are decommissioned.

Download a copy of an interim report about the findings of the consultation exercise.

Click on the map button at the top of this page to find out which areas Council is planning to extend reticulated sewerage to.

Far North District Council