Piha traditional Septic Tank systems are pumped out on a three year cycle by Auckland Council.
The cost of this pump-out, mandated originally by Waitakere City Council, is shown as a targeted rate on your rates invoice. This keeps the cost down and means that largely we do not have to worry about whether our septic systems are getting clogged.
So we can include it in the Piha R&R Assn. submission to Council Tell us what you think HERE
Auckland Council wants to do away with the current system and make it YOUR problem. Under the Unitary Plan, E5.6.1 c & d, Auckland Council has mandated that:
(c) primary/ septic tank(s) and the land application disposal system are inspected no less frequently than every three years and where necessary the tank(s) are pumped out by a suitably qualified on-site wastewater service provider when sludge and scum levels occupy 50 per cent of the tank volume; and
(d) records of each maintenance action must be retained and made available on the site for inspection by the Council or their agents.
This means that if Auckland Council has their way, in future you will have to organise the pump-out yourself AND keep records for Council to inspect. This will be much more expensive, time consuming and onerous for you, the property owner or responsible person.
The Auckland Council consultation with the Piha and Waitakere communities about the septic tank pump-out scheme will be small part of the Annual Budget 2019/2020.
Piha R&R is working with the Waitakere Ranges Local Board to try and ensure that public consultation on the Septic Tank Pump-out scheme is held separately to the Budget consultation and hopefully in Piha. In any event you need to understand the consequences for you and be prepared to make your feelings known. Or let us know by replying to this email.
Phasing out the Waitākere rural sewerage service and targeted rate.
From the Budget Consultation Document: The council is introducing a region wide compliance scheme for on-site wastewater systems funded by the Water quality targeted rate. Around 4300 properties in the Waitākere area are currently paying the Waitākere rural sewerage targeted rate of $194.54 per year to fund a council provided pump-out of their septic tanks every three years. This service has not delivered the desired water quality improvements as the pump-out service does not address other maintenance requirements for septic tanks.
We are proposing to phase out the septic tank pump-out service and associated Waitākere rural sewerage targeted rate over the next two years for the properties currently receiving this service. Under the new programme it will be the property owner’s responsibility to have their on-site wastewater systems inspected and maintained to a satisfactory standard, with records to be submitted to council as evidence.