Choosing a system
Things to consider when choosing an advanced wastewater
treatment system (not a septic tank system):
Fixed Costs - When getting a quote, check if it
includes delivery, and installation. Does it also include the
irrigation system and pump?
Running Costs - Do these include electricity,
maintenance, servicing, etc? Use the table on the Rotorua
Lakes catchment page to get an indication of electricity usage
of the models we have tested.
Servicing/Maintenance - How often is this
required? What is involved? How much servicing is
included in the purchase price? Who is available to repair the
system if it breaks down?
Operation - Is it noisy? Does it smell? How
does it handle peak loads? e.g. for the extended family at
Christmas time. Some chemicals and cleaners can cause the useful
'bugs' to die off, which can result in the entire system
Size - How much space does it require?
Warranty - What guarantees are offered?
References - Check at least one or two
references of people who own them.
Compliance with Regional Plan
Will the manufacturer take responsibility for ensuring that the
system meets the regional plan requirements, including providing
the necessary certification to Bay of Plenty Regional Council?
Refer to rule 12 or 13 of the On-Site Effluent
Treatment Regional Plan.