Sewage systems have been the latest issue with the Government who has just announced that it would offer more than $15 million towards new systems in Ruakaka and Kerikeri.
The new plans will replace more than 500 septic tanks. The government will also give $7.315 million in order to expand wastewater service in KerKeri area. This might cost up to $30 million.
The purpose of new systems is to avoid wastage spilling into the surround waters. Whangarei MP, Phil Heatley explains: "The new sewerage systems in Ruakaka will reduce any health risk cause by the deterioration of existing septic tanks and soakage systems".
The plans have been in the works for the past 10 years as the council and Ruakaka south community have been working together in order to address the need for a public waste system. North Mayor Wayne Brown mentioned that it was about time to government finally approved the $7.315 million plan on a new waste water service.
They don't know what to expect as a final outcome of the Resource Consent application but they are hoping that the new sewage plans will fix their current situations.