Wa­ter story on hold

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A key chap­ter in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay’s #the­big­wa­ter­story is now on hold.

A $845,000 up­grade of Otane’s ¯ waste­water treat­ment plant had re­cently reached the ten­der eval­u­a­tion stage, but Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay’s dis­trict coun­cil has de­cided to shelve it, say­ing it does not want to in­vest in “bandaid” so­lu­tions.

A coun­cil state­ment said that the project was on hold un­til a so­lu­tion has been found that pro­vides “long-term se­cu­rity of the en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes that the com­mu­nity and Coun­cil are seek­ing to achieve”.

The project was part of the cap­i­tal works pro­gramme dubbed #the­big­wa­ter­story dur­ing re­cent con­sul­ta­tion on CHBDC’s 2018-28 long-term plan.

The Otane ¯ Waste­water Treat­ment Plant project’s de­lay pro­vides the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay com­mu­nity with the op­por­tu­nity to holis­ti­cally con­sider waste­water treat­ment in­vest­ment op­tions, and so­lu­tions that are sus­tain­able and af­ford­able to the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay com­mu­nity long-term.

The de­lay is sub­ject to the CHBDC re­ceiv­ing ap­proval from Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil to ex­tend its re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion, but the coun­cil an­tic­i­pates that the HBRC will look favourably on the re­quest.

Contin­gency plans are in place in the event that the con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion ex­ten­sion is not granted.

The de­lay is pos­si­ble with coun­cil not ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the chal­lenges with the O¯ tane Plant of the ex­tent or scale of the Waipuku­rau or Waipawa plants.

While the Otane ¯ Waste­water Plant work is de­layed, work is very much un­der­way to de­liver a longterm so­lu­tion to iden­tify waste­water treat­ment so­lu­tions for Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay.

“De­lay­ing the de­ci­sion is a sen­si­ble re­sponse to en­sure that coun­cil makes the very best in­vest­ment de­ci­sions for the fu­ture of its Waste­water Treat­ments Plants,” say Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Monique David­son.

“By June 2019, it is an­tic­i­pated that Coun­cil has iden­ti­fied a strate­gic ap­proach to ad­dress the treat­ment of Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay waste­water long-term, in­clud­ing at O¯ tane.”

“We are not pre­pared to in­vest in band aid so­lu­tions for this com­mu­nity, we need con­fi­dence when we in­vest we are mak­ing a long-term sus­tain­able so­lu­tion that meets the test of durable in­fra­struc­ture for best en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes,” says Mrs David­son.

The Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Dis­trict Coun­cil is work­ing proac­tively to ad­dress chal­lenges both in the short and longer term of its waste­water plants. Three Wa­ters, in­clud­ing Waste­water is a sig­nif­i­cant fo­cus for the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Dis­trict Coun­cil, as noted in the 2018 Long Term Plan and in #the­big­wa­ter­story. It is one of the high­est pri­or­ity ar­eas of fo­cus for coun­cil.

A lo­cal Waste­water Ref­er­ence Group has also been de­vel­oped, with coun­cil and the com­mu­nity col­lec­tively tak­ing a proac­tive, far­reach­ing ap­proach on fu­ture in­vest­ment to en­sure is­sues are ad­dressed in a sus­tain­able and af­ford­able way for the CHB Com­mu­nity.

The com­mu­nity will have more op­por­tu­ni­ties to be in­volved in op­tions for waste­water so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing O¯ tane.

CHB Mayor Alex Walker pic­tured at the launch of the #the­big­wa­ter­story" in O¯ tane, Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay.

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