The On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan 2006 (OSET Plan) directs the management of domestic wastewater to protect water quality in the Bay of Plenty. On-site effluent treatment systems include septic tanks and associated soakage fields and advanced aerobic systems.

NOTE: Draft Plan Change 14 (OSET) to the Regional Natural Resources Plan will eventually replace the On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan.

Reticulation

In many parts of the Bay of Plenty, communities have been provided with sewers or reticulated wastewater systems. Where a sewer is available, then you must connect. This is subject to the provisions of the Local Government Act 1974 section 459. Your District Council or City Council should be able to advise you if your area has been or is scheduled for reticulation.

There are maps of some areas where reticulation has been provided in the OSET Plan.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council has proposed a reticulation scheme for the Te Puna West Maintenance Zone. Find out more.

OSET system design training

On-site effluent treatment systems must be designed by a Suitably Qualified and Experienced Person (SQEP). To ensure the wastewater system is properly designed, we have developed a training course for system designers

The OSET system training course incorporates the following unit standards.

OSW Unit Standards

ID

Title

Level

Credit

25124

Demonstrate knowledge of domestic wastewater treatment processes

4

15

25125

Describe domestic wastewater land application systems, and their selection, for site and soil characteristics

5

8

25126

Demonstrate knowledge of hydraulics and pump types and fittings for on-site domestic wastewater treatment systems

4

6

25127

Carry out a site and soil evaluation for an on-site domestic wastewater system

6

12

25128

Design an on-site domestic wastewater system, and describe regulatory requirements

6

16

25129

Describe package treatment, and wastewater land application systems

4

4

(NZQA; 2013)

We have contracted Opus Environmental Training Centre to deliver this course.  You can register your interest by visiting their website.

Choose Wastewater and then scroll down to Onsite Wastewater Training. The first half of this course will be delivered during late March 2014.  Some designers may already be qualified to undertake this work. If you think you are already qualified and want to use the “Recognition of Prior Learning RPL” process, contact NZWeta on the website above.

Further information

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On-site effluent treatment systems

Where no sewer is available, you will need to provide an on site system which has been designed and ...

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Approved OSET system designers

See a list of approved OSET system designers in the Bay of Plenty.

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Approved OSET effluent systems

Information about approved on site effluent systems.

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OSET maintenance zones

Some areas within the Bay of Plenty region, where there is evidence the environment is being adverse...

Contacts

Contact Bay of Plenty Regional Council:

  • For copies of the documents or maps.
  • For information on septic tank maintenance, nutrient management and reduction options.
  • For information on the proposed plan change process and provisions.

Phone or email:

  • Terry Long (Senior Regulatory Project Officer) ph: 0800 884 881ext 8215.
  • Ruth Feist (Team Leader - Integrated Planning) ph 0800 884 881 ext 9351.

Contact your District or City Council for information on reticulated sewerage schemes:

  • Rotorua District Council (phone 07 348 4199).
  • Western Bay of Plenty District Council (phone 07 571 8008).
  • Whakatāne District Council (phone 07 306 0500).
  • Ōpōtiki District Council (phone 07 315 3030.