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Hauraki District Council’s $4.4 million Kaimanawa drinking water supply project near Hikutaia is underway.

The project will supply quality drinking water treated at the Paeroa water treatment plant to properties in the Kaimanawa and Maratoto areas currently connected to the rural supply.

To make sure there’s a continuous supply, Hauraki District Council will also build a 2000 cubic metre reservoir, which will store enough drinking water for three days. It’s hoped the reservoir will be completed by October 2020.

Kaimaniwa Reservoir construction drone view

Boil water notice

A permanent boil water notice is currently in place and has been for several years for users of the Kaimanawa supply. The water is treated but there have been problems with water quality and supply in the past, especially during flooding.

Timeline

May 2020 – Reservoir construction commences

Sep 2020 – Testing and commissioning

Oct 2020 – Expected completion

Part of a larger project

The Kaimanawa drinking water supply is the last of the council’s rural supplies to be upgraded as part of an ambitious project to upgrade all its rural drinking water supplies. The Waikino, Karangahake and Mackaytown water supplies have all been upgraded over the past few years.

Progress

Council began laying water pipes in rural areas between Hikutaia and Paeroa in March and began laying water pipes in Paeroa township in January 2020. Work on this section has been completed.

Works for an access track and reservoir platform at Kaimanawa have been completed and construction of the new reservoir has begun with an estimated completion date for the reservoir of late July 2020.

Once the new system is complete, the existing Kaimanawa drinking water supply will be shut down as it doesn’t meet new drinking water standards and is at the end of its useful life. The new system will have 3 days capacity and comply with Drinking Water Standards New Zealand.

Reservoir construction 

Thanks to the contractor’s careful documentation of progress, along with some great drone shots, we can share all the stages of construction from preparing the building platform to the roof going on. Not a bad work view either! The roof is on schedule to go on by the end of July, weather permitting.

When its finished, the $4.4 million Kaimanawa drinking water supply project near Hikutaia will supply quality drinking water treated at the Paeroa water treatment plant to properties in the Kaimanawa and Maratoto areas currently connected to the rural supply.

To make sure there’s a continuous supply, we’re building this 2000 cubic metre reservoir, which will store enough drinking water for three days. It’s hoped the reservoir, new pump station, testing and commissioning will be completed by October 2020.

Kaimaniwa Reservoir construction, the ground work
Kaimaniwa Reservoir construction begins
Kaimaniwa Reservoir construction, preparing for concrete
Kaimaniwa Reservoir construction, pouring concrete

Kaimaniwa Reservoir construction

Kaimaniwa Reservoir drone view