Pump sys­tem for vil­lage sep­tics

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Pau­ata­hanui Vil­lage’s fail­ing sep­tic tanks have fi­nally been con­signed to his­tory, with the city coun­cil agree­ing to fund a pumped pres­sure sew­er­age sys­tem last Thurs­day.

Porirua City Coun­cil­lors voted to adopt the wa­ter retic­u­la­tion scheme as its pre­ferred engi­neer­ing scheme and to fund the full cap­i­tal and op­er­a­tional costs.

A grav­ity flow sys­tem and re­place­ment sep­tic tanks, both more ex­pen­sive op­tions, were re­jected.

The pump scheme will cost $1.3 mil­lion to in­stall, with an­nual oper­at­ing costs of $7500 and an an­nual de­pre­ci­a­tion cost to coun­cil of $19,000.

Any pri­vate fund­ing of the scheme was re­jected, al­though there will be a fee for prop­er­ties on the scheme.

The expected fee has not been an­nounced, al­though there are prece­dents to draw on – retic­u­lated Judge­ford prop­er­ties pay 77c per cu­bic me­tre for their wa­ter; the Light­house Cinema paid $11,400 to con­nect to sew­er­age and wa­ter net­works in 2004; and in 2011 the Tay­lor Stace Cottage paid $2700 for a sew­er­age con­nec­tion.

The cho­sen pumped sew­er­age scheme cov­ers 21 res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties and five com­mer­cial prop­er­ties in Pau­ata­hanui Vil­lage, plus Pau­ata­hanui School and St Al­ban’s Church. The prop­er­ties will re­main on ru­ral rates once the scheme is in place.

It has been 18 months since Pau­ata­hanui res­i­dents ap­proached the coun­cil about their age­ing and sub­stan­dard sep­tic tanks. The low-ly­ing prop­er­ties in ques­tion are ‘‘his­tor­i­cally de­vel­oped with ba­sic on-site dis­posal sys­tems that were never de­signed to cope with the de­mands of to­day’s life­styles’’, a coun­cil re­port says.

Fees for the scheme will now be dis­cussed with res­i­dents and the sys­tem is expected to be in­stalled next year.

Mayor Nick Leggett urges the own­ers of the 28 prop­er­ties to sign up to the scheme, so the coun­cil will get the max­i­mum value out of its spend.

‘‘We still need to get peo­ple to take the scheme up.

‘‘We want a 100 per cent buyin,’’ he says.

Pau­ata­hanui Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Alan Gray says on the whole res­i­dents favour the scheme.

‘‘We think it’s the only prac­ti­cal way to go and we fully sup­port it.’’

Re­sis­tance can be expected from res­i­dents who have shelled out to fix their sew­er­age prob­lem al­ready, but he is con­fi­dent about the coun­cil’s per­sua­sive pow­ers.

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