Roxburgh pipe­line near­ing com­ple­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

A pipe­line to the Lake Roxburgh Vil­lage to take wa­ter from the Roxburgh sup­ply has been a bonus to many. When the pipe­line was first mooted, some res­i­dents on the Coal Creek Flat asked if they could take ad­van­tage of the wa­ter, given the cost of putting down their own pumps. Project man­ager Peter Greenwood said the Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil had looked at pos­si­bly 50 con­nec­tions join­ing the scheme over a 10-year pe­riod and 13 had al­ready signed up. “They have been able to get their con­nec­tion at a cost of $1500, when those who join later will pay $5000,” Mr Greenwood said. “Any­one who was look­ing to hook up their sup­ply from the con­nec­tion within five years would find it cheaper, oth­er­wise they are pay­ing the $700 an­nual wa­ter rate for be­ing con­nected but not get­ting the wa­ter, and that adds up over time.” Those who have had to add the cost of a road cross­ing to their con­nec­tion will have the $1748 cost sub­sidised by 50 per cent fol­low­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion by the Rox- burgh Community Board. The $650,000 bud­geted cost for the pipe­line may come in slightly un­der bud­get, ac­cord­ing to Mr Greenwood, but that could not be con­firmed un­til the work was fin­ished in Oc­to­ber. “The con­trac­tors are pres­sure test­ing as they go and would need to have sev­eral days of flow test­ing once the pipe­line is fin­ished be­fore we can shut off the present sys­tem. ‘‘The Lake Roxburgh Vil­lage reser­voir has been re­sealed, the con­trol mech­a­nism is be­ing in­stalled to shut off the grav­ity fed sup­ply when the reser­voir is full, and it is all go­ing ahead well.”

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