Hamilton has a history of 700-800 years of Maaori occupancy with the Waikato River providing the necessities of life. The first permanent European settlers arrived in 1864.
By 1913 the Frankton Town Board was providing a public water supply and the first of 14 community septic tanks were constructed in 1925. These tanks discharged into the Waikato River and Waitawhiriwhiri Stream and were supported by a network of pipes and pump stations.
In 1975/76 the Pukete Wastewater Treatment Plant was commissioned and the septic tanks were taken out of service. The plant consisted of a screening and primary sedimentation prior to discharge to the Waikato River.
In 2001 a substantial upgrade occurred providing secondary treatment, chlorine disinfection was replaced with UV and solid stream and centrifuge improvements were made.
Council obtained a new resource consent in 2007 to continue to discharge treated wastewater into the Waikato River. This consent included a number of stringent conditions in regards to the quality of the treated wastewater discharged which influenced the third upgrade.
A third upgrade (commonly known as Pukete II Upgrade), completed in 2014 ensures the plant has the capacity to meet the demand of today and improve compliance with resource consent conditions in relation to quality.
In 2013, Council ceased the practice of sending our biosolids to landfill. These are now transferred to a private vermicomposting facility in Tokoroa where they are treated further and re-used for land remediation.
 Vermicomposting is the process by which our wastewater sludge is added to wood chips and through the use of worms a highly organic compost is created. This compost is then used for land rehabilitation.