Close to 130 Rotomā properties have signed up, giving their consent, to have the Septic Tank Effluent Pre-treatment (STEP) system installed on their properties. Forty of those properties so far have had their systems installed. Council is encouraging any resident in Rotomā properties which still have their consent forms, asking for permission to install the STEP system, to contact Council on 07 348 4199 if residents have any questions or concerns.
Council is mindful of concerns about the cost to property owners to have the system installed. Stavros Michael says Council is working hard with all its partners, the Rotorua Lakes Community Board and members of the Rotoiti | Rotomā Sewerage Steering Committee and the Iwi Liaison Group to find solutions that will help deliver the scheme as close to the estimated costs as possible.
“We are working together to address cost. We cannot guarantee how much affected ratepayers would have to pay because not all of the infrastructure has been built yet and it would be irresponsible for Council to make a concrete decision on a price given there may be unknown issues that crop up in construction. However at this stage, we are doing our best, with support from all of our partners, to work on ways to minimise the impact of costs," says Mr Michael.
Council's initial benchmark estimate for each ratepayer in the scheme will see them contribute just over $14,000 with two options available to pay to connect. Council strives to do all it can to bring the final costs as close to that estimate as possible bearing in mind construction conditions and material costs since reaching the estimated cost. For more details about cost estimates click on this LINK.
Progress on construction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant is advancing well. Significant progress has been made including:
• Work on the permanent access road from State Highway 30 to the new plant has started
• Construction of the effluent inlet pumping station chamber has been completed along with the emergency storage tank; and
• The bioreactor, a device that biologically processes effluent and removes organic material, nitrogen and phosphorus from the water, is almost completed