The consents that the City's current Wastewater System operates under were granted in October 2005 and April 2006. The system was originally chosen in 1990 following five years of intensive work by the Council with key stakeholders, tangata whenua and the wider community. The system was selected on the basis that it would serve the people of Tauranga for the next 30+ years.
The Wastewater System that is in place today, with some additional enhancements, reflects the following recommendations that were adopted by the Council in 1990:
- The original discharge outfall into the Otumoetai Channel has been sealed and no longer discharges to the Tauranga Harbour
- The total treated wastewater flow is passed through wetlands at Te Maunga before being discharged via the ocean outfall 900m off shore.
- All ocean outfall discharges are able to be UV treated should this be required in circumstances where discharge water quality may potentially breach consent limits.
- Tangata whenua and the public were involved in the design and construction of the Wetlands at Te Maunga
- The current Wastewater System is flexible enough to adapt to changes in technology as they become available
- The Mount Maunganui Harbour Reclamation Act has been repelled so no further expansion of the old Te Maunga oxidation ponds can occur.
- The layout of the wetlands, ponds and treatment facilities have been developed to provide a natural environment.
Last Reviewed: 26/10/2016