The Otago Regional Council will be looking at its Otago Water
Plan, Plan Change 6B (PC6B) for urban water, within the next
18 months, and septic tanks will be one of the items looked
Director policy planning and resource management Fraser McRae
said the notionally-named PC6B, because it followed on from
Plan Change 6A, was to be included in the council's planning
programme in about 18 months.
While work had been done on non-point discharges from rural
areas under the Plan Change 6A, council staff would start to
look at streamlining and simplifying the rules, explanations
and descriptions, and setting limits and thresholds for urban
water discharges etc.
''We are not looking at doing anything overly new,'' Mr McRae
''It won't be as new or novel as 6A.''
One of the areas they intended to look at was septic tanks.
He said some places where septic tanks were used might need
to be looked at carefully, particularly if there was a high
groundwater table, such as Outram, or where there was a large
concentration of tanks, such as Clyde, or if the possibility
of cross-contamination existed.
They would also be looking at stormwater and other urban
While rain washes the roads, it also washes contaminants such
as bacteria, hydrocarbons and heavy metals into the
''They will be added to the list of things to look at,'' he
Mr McRae said they would hold public consultations and road
shows closer to the time.
- by Yvonne O'Hara