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.
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.