Work starts on wa­ter projects in Cam­bridge

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Work be­gins this week on in­stalling ma­jor new wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture to help se­cure Cam­bridge’s wa­ter sup­ply for decades to come.

In­stal­la­tion of a new du­pli­cate ris­ing main— a pipe to sup­ply mains wa­ter— be­gins at Kara­piro af­ter 18 months of plan­ning. The half mil­lion- dol­lar project will see a du­pli­cate wa­ter main in­stalled to ex­ist­ing reser­voirs. At the same time work is un­der way on an up­grade of the Cam­bridge wa­ter treat­ment plant.

Both projects are es­sen­tial to sup­ply enough wa­ter to cater for Cam­bridge’s pro­jected growth.

Group man­ager ser­vice de­liv­ery Barry Ber­gin said while growth was a ma­jor driver, the projects were also around se­cur­ing a crit­i­cal wa­ter sup­ply for the town. “It means there are two pipes in op­er­a­tion, rather than one. If some­thing goes wrong with one pipe, there will an­other one there to get us through.

“It gives Waipa’s whole wa­ters net­work much greater re­silience and that’s im­por­tant,” he said.

The ris­ing main work was awarded to Fibre Net­works NZ fol­low­ing a com­pet­i­tive ten­der process. It is due to be com­pleted this financial year with the wa­ter treat­ment plant up­grade due for com­ple­tion in mid 2018.

The ex­ist­ing reser­voirs have been con­structed on Te Tiki O Te Ihin­garangi pa site and works for this project will take place on the site.

A karakia was per­formed on the site last week.

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