The collaborative work of Harrison Grierson and Hauraki District Council has been nationally recognised.
The upgraded Paeroa Water Treatment Plant received a Merit Award for Excellence in Collaboration and Design at the ACENZ (Association of Consulting Engineers of New Zealand) annual Innovate Awards this month. The plant was designed by Harrison Grierson in collaboration with Council’s water services team.
Hauraki District Council Group Manager Engineering Services Adrian de Laborde said the Paeroa Plant was up against some pretty stiff competition.
“These awards are not council specific. They recognise excellence across the entire engineering industry - one of the projects receiving a gold award was for a geothermal scheme in Kenya.”
He said a strong working partnership between Council and Harrison Grierson had been an important factor in the success of the project.
“Together we’ve been able to deliver high quality water treatment for our communities,” he said.
Over the last few years the Council has upgraded its main water treatment plants in Kerepehi, Waihi and Paeroa and almost completed upgrading all of its rural water supplies.
De Laborde says the Waihi and Kerepehi plants use the same technology as the Paeroa plant and are built to the same high standard. The Paeroa and Waihi Plants also use specialised UV peroxide water treatment systems to eliminate water taste and odour problems experienced in summer.
“It’s really pleasing to be able to supply drinking water of such a consistently high standard across the District,” he said, “The Kerepehi plant received a Silver ACENZ Award in 2014, and the Waihi plant would have been an equally deserving winner this year, but unfortunately only one plant could be included in the award application.”
Judges said the project was award worthy for “going above and beyond industry standards to provide a tailored solution utilising existing technology in a new way for the client that is more efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly.”
Deputy Mayor Toby Adams accepted the award on Council’s behalf.
“Water is our most precious resource and it’s fantastic to see such good progress being made in its delivery throughout the District,” he said. “This is a prestigious award attracting high calibre entries from all around the country and I’m incredibly proud that our council is among those being recognised for excellence in this field.”