Water works ahead of schedule

Te Awamutu could have its new water supply up and running three months early, thanks to progress on new water pipes and a treatment plant.

Work on the treatment facility in Te Awamutu’s water supply upgrade programme is progressing well.

Te Awamutu could have its new water supply on tap three months early.

The new Te Awamutu water supply project is on course for a mid-2021 completion, ahead of the original October date and a new pipeline is now in place between the Waikato River and the town.

Waipā District Council began the new water supply upgrade programme in October last year.

The programme involves installing a 5km untreated water pipeline between the river and the Parallel water treatment plant, a 16km treated water pipeline between the treatment plant and Taylors Hill Reservoir in Te Awamutu, and a new treatment facility.

“The 5km was completed earlier this year and the 16km pipe is now fully in the ground,” Water services manager Martin Mould said.

“The next pivotal stage in the programme is preparing the 16km pipe for use, as well as completing the new water treatment plant which is currently ahead of schedule.”

He said residents should be mindful of water use this summer while the new supply is still in progress.

“The hot, humid temperatures have already arrived and will only get more intense as we enter the peak summer period. We are focused on maintaining our existing town supply from the Mangauika Stream so the Te Tahi Dam levels remain healthy as long as possible.”

“Every drop counts so we’re asking our residents once again to be conservative with water every summer and adhere to the water levels when they are in place.

He said the new supply would be more resilient, but “we need to look at our attitude towards water and start to truly appreciate it for the precious source of life it is.”

Te Awamutu and Pirongia’s currently water supply comes from the Mangauika Stream, on Mt Pirongia, The catchment which feeds the stream is mainly within Otorohanga district.

For more information go to www.waipadc.govt.nz/teawamutuwatersupply.

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