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Outside Rotorua Lakes Catchments

Standard septic tanks

Outside the Rotorua Lakes' catchments new conventional septic tank systems can be permitted, provided that the conditions of Rule 3 and schedule 1 of the On-site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan are met. Refer to the Onsite Effluent Treatment Regional Plan to view these.

When dealing with district and city councils it is helpful to have a printout of tables 6 and 7 of schedule 1.

Advanced wastewater system

If you want to install an advanced system rule 12 of the On-site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan applies.

Trial results of some treatment systems are available at Rotorua Lakes catchments page.

Find out more about choosing an advanced wastewater system.