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Toilet Requirements on Bay of Plenty Orchards

If you are a grower in the Bay of Plenty, toilet regulations are changing. Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) are looking at new rules through a proposed plan change to the current On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan and have prepared a joint statement for growers.

HorticultureNZ (HortNZ) and NZKGI continue to work with BOPRC to try and resolve the issues relating to ongoing use of pit latrines on orchards. HortNZ is hopeful that the rules of the proposed plan change relating to On-Site Effluent Treatment (OSET) are clear and are working hard to ensure this is the case. Until the plan change becomes operative, the rules of the current OSET Regional Plan still apply. This means that some pit latrines do not comply with the rules of that plan and are required to be upgraded or replaced.

To be permitted under the current plan, pit latrines need to meet several criteria which is listed below.  If you don’t think that your pit latrine complies with these criteria, refer to the Technical Guideline document. This document outlines the type of toilets that can be installed as a permitted activity (no resource consent required) however a building consent may be required from your District Council. If pit latrines do not comply with current rules, then they will need to be upgraded or replaced by 1 December 2020 (flush to ground pit latrines) and 1 December 2022 (long drop pit latrines).   All new or upgraded OSET systems must be designed by an approved OSET designer. A list approved designers can be found here.

To meet current rules, pit latrines need to be in an area where reticulated sewage is not available (in remote areas) and be located at least:

  • 20 m from any water supply bore.
  • 20 m from surface water.
  • 10 m from all property boundaries.
  • 5 m from any dwelling on the same property.
  • 5 m from any areas that carry stormwater during storm events
  • Have at least a 2m gap between the base of the pit latrine and the highest groundwater level
  • Be constructed in soils that are not comprised of gravels, coarse sands, scoria, fissured rock or other material that allows the free draining of liquid waste away from the pit
  • Not cause any emission of offensive or objectionable odour beyond the boundary of the property on which it is located
  • Be constructed and maintained to exclude vermin, flies and rainwater
  • Be maintained so that waste in the pit latrine does not build up to be within 1m of original ground level.

If you think that your current pit latrine complies with these criteria, then no further action is required at this time however the current criteria may change under the proposed plan change.

Pit Latrines include both dry (long drop) and wet (flush to ground) systems
Reticulated sewage is a sewer pipe system that takes sewage to wastewater treatment plants