New tech drums up improvements at wastewater plants

Published on 24 October 2023


New technology to help prevent sewage systems clogging up is being introduced by Far North Waters Alliance at the council’s Kaikohe, Rāwene, and Kaitāia wastewater treatment plants.

Hydroflux New Zealand is supplying and installing Huber RoFAS (Rotating Fine Acceptance Screen) technology that will save council contractors from physically removing unwanted items flushed down loos that can lead to wastewater spills in urban or marine environments.

RoFAS is a rotating heavy-duty drum that screens the septage (material removed from septic tanks) delivered by tankers to wastewater treatment plants for processing. The drum, which has up to 60 kilolitres per hour (60kl/h) of capacity, removes clogs and other unwanted material, an unpleasant job that until now has been carried out by council contractors.

The technology’s control system includes a keypad or swipe card so contractors can efficiently discharge loads while monitoring volumes through its data management software.

But it’s not just the technology that helps to protect our environment. Everyone in the Far North has a role to play by not putting anything down the toilet other than pee, poo or toilet paper.

Far North Waters Alliance is a collaboration between Far North District Council and Ventia for the operation, maintenance, and minor capital works of the council’s three waters assets (drinking, waste, and urban reticulation stormwater).

Photo: New technology is being introduced at the Kaikohe, Rāwene and Kaitāia wastewater treatment plants. 


Last updated 24 October 2023