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Wastewater Reviews

The new resource consents include conditions that require the Council to undertake periodic reviews of the effects of the Wastewater Systems technological developments in wastewater treatment and disposal and wastewater reuse systems and techniques. The Wastewater Management Review Committee will be responsible for instigating and reporting on the reviews. 

New consents

What is the Wastewater Management Review Committee?

The Wastewater Management Review Committee is a committee of the Tauranga City Council.

The membership of the Committee comprises equal numbers of Tauranga City Councillors and representatives of tangata whenua.

What is the role of the Wastewater Management Review Committee?

The key functions of the Wastewater Management Review Committee are to:

  • recommend the commissioning of reports and future Council actions on wastewater management, treatment and disposal options including alternatives to waterborne wastewater systems, options for further treatment and methods of disposal and monitoring effects on the environment
     
  • make decisions about the application of the Environmental Mitigation and Enhancement Fund  
     
  • make recommendations on physical methods and initiatives to compensate for actual or potential effects of the Wastewater System (in the broadest environmental sense) 
      
  • recommend the commissioning of reports and future Tauranga City Council actions on wastewater management, treatment and disposal issues and options, including
    • development of alternatives to waterborne wastewater systems
    • options for further treatments
    • options for methods of disposal
    • monitoring effects on the environment
       
  • co-ordinate and oversee education of the community on wastewater management, treatment and disposal issues.

What is the Environmental Mitigation and Enhancement Fund?

One of the conditions of the new resource consents requires the Council to establish an Environmental Mitigation and Enhancement Fund of not less than $250,000.

The purpose of the fund shall be to fund and facilitate measures and initiatives (particularly in the Upper Tauranga Harbour) to:

  • avoid, remedy or mitigate the actual or potential effects of the Wastewater System (in its broadest sense); or 
     
  • to acknowledge and provide mitigation by way of environmental compensation for ongoing adverse environmental effects (including by way of offence to tangata whenua cultural and spiritual values) associated with the Wastewater System.

Initiatives which the fund may be applied to may include but are not limited to:

  • providing opportunities for promoting and/or implementing initiatives for capacity building of tangata whenua  
     
  • the monitoring by tangata whenua of the cultural effects associated with the operation of the Wastewater System providing opportunities for promoting and/or implementing involvement of tangata whenua in sampling, testing and monitoring  
     
  • research into issues relevant to water quality and ecological issues, particularly in the Upper Tauranga Harbour  
     
  • research into the health and size of shellfish populations and the relocation and/or re-seeding of such populations where appropriate.

The fund shall be allocated by the Council in accordance with the recommendations of the Wastewater Management Review Committee.


Last Reviewed: 11/04/2017