Septic Tanks at our Beach - regular cleaning is the key!
Septic tanks require maintenance to ensure they are not causing any leakage into the surrounding environment. Here at Pukehina Beach we are all on tank systems, some newer than others.
- Homeowners with older style septic tanks should have them pumped out at 2-3 yearly intervals.
- Homeowners with modern septic tanks with outlet filters should have them pumped out at around 5 – 8 yearly intervals.
- Please note: these recommended intervals depend on demand and the homeowner may wish to check scum and sludge levels and reduce the interval accordingly. Tanks should be cleaned out when these levels reach 1/3 of the depth of the tank. The homeowner should inspect the soakage field area for signs of wetness, surface seepage and/or excess grass growth.
- If homeowners wish to expand a dwelling (i.e. add an extra bedroom on) then either a resource consent is required for the discharge of effluent, or a new system that complies with the rules of the BOPRC On Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan will need to be installed.
Cleaning companies that service our area include Pete's Takeaways from Tauranga and Brown Freight from Whakatane.