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Wastewater connections

Council has an obligation to safeguard the health of the community and the environment. This includes making sure the city’s wastewater system is regularly maintained. 

Wastewater regulation

The main regulations governing the collection, treatment, and discharge of wastewater are:

  • the Resource Management Act 1991
  • the Local Government Acts 1974 and 2001
  • the Building Act 1991
  • Supply of Water Bylaw 2007
  • Stormwater (Pollution Prevention) Bylaw 2015
  • the Trade Waste Bylaw 2008.

Pipe maintenance

Pipes need to be maintained and upgraded where necessary. The pipes have an average life of at least 90 years and older pipes are renewed when needed. Until recently, the only way of knowing the condition of underground pipes was when they blocked or failed, leaving a depression in the road. The use of closed circuit television (cctv) monitoring means the condition of the pipes can be regularly checked. 

Council's responsibility

Structural damage such as cracks or breaks in the wastewater system in the footpath or road and on Council-owned properties are repaired and maintained by Council. Pipelines on private properties often have a Council easement. This means that Council has legal access to the pipelines.

Property owner's responsibility

Structural damage to wastewater pipes inside the property boundary is the owner's responsibility; this includes damages from tree roots. The owner is also responsible for any blockages on their property and all the way to the council sewer main. If a drain-layer is sure that the cause of blockage is a Council responsibility, please contact the customer service centre.

Apply for a service connection (SCA)

Omokoroa wastewater

Omokoroa in the Western Bay of Plenty is connected to Tauranga city's wastewater treatment network. Wastewater treatment is charged on a volumetric basis. 

Omokoroa wastewater volumetric charge  
Conveyance, treatment and disposal fee (per cubic metre) $1.95/m3

Last Reviewed: 28/06/2019


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