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Water Supply Projects

What’s changed?

We have rearranged our schedule to work on getting a clean and clear water supply faster.

Our main goal for 2020/21 is to provide clear and clean water.

This means we need to source low manganese water. Our Awatoto bores are higher in manganese, which has contributed to Napier’s dirty water issues.

We’re fast-tracking a number of water projects. These projects include:

  • Testing and establishing two new bores, which will supply low manganese water
  • Finding a suitable site for a replacement reservoir on Napier Hill
  • Managing dirty water and leakage in the Tamatea and Parklands areas
  • Designing new water treatment plants
  • Designing the mains pipes connecting bore fields to reservoirs and back to the network
  • Increasing water volumes for fire fighting at some points in the network
  • Building in more access points to the network for cleaning

Safe Chlorine-Free Drinking Water Review 

Last year Council gave the go-ahead for an independent review to look at the cost of, and options for, moving to a safe chlorine-free drinking water network. Annual Plan Cover Photo Options Low Res 26.JPG smallCurrently, we use chlorine to disinfect our water.

The Safe Chlorine-Free Drinking Water Review is investigating alternative options that the Ministry of Health (MoH) is likely to approve.

The MoH has said that disinfection may become compulsory for New Zealand water supplies unless a safe alternative is proposed.

We will work with the MoH to help ensure that any chlorine-free option proposed is likely to be accepted, before coming back to the community about the recommendations.

The review is costing a total of $400,000 with half already paid and the other half being paid in 2020/21. This expense is being loan funded and the loan costs will be added to rates in 2021/22 (0.02% total rate increase, 51 cents average rates increase per household).

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