Vil­lage wa­ter up­grade pro­tects inlet

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Prop­er­ties in Pau­ata­hanui now have wa­ter and waste­water con­nec­tions.

The $1.1 mil­lion work to retic­u­late the vil­lage is fully op­er­a­tional with ben­e­fits to res­i­dents and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said.

He of­fi­cially opened the scheme, which con­nects 21 prop­er­ties in­clud­ing Pau­ata­hanui School and the preschool, on June 26.

A key driver for the scheme was to pro­tect the Pau­ata­hanui Inlet arm of Porirua Har­bour.

A num­ber of prop­er­ties in the vil­lage had been de­vel­oped with ba­sic on-site dis­posal sys­tems that were never de­signed to cope with the de­mands of to­day’s life­styles, Leggett said. Many are on low­ly­ing land, sus­cep­ti­ble to a high wa­ter ta­ble es­pe­cially in win­ter and not large enough to ac­com­mo­date ad­e­quate on- site dis­posal sys­tems.

Porirua City coun­cil­lor Anita Baker, who li­aised with those work­ing on the scheme, said with Pau­ata­hanui Inlet a na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant es­tu­ary and wildlife habi­tat, and the Porirua Har­bour the largest es­tu­ary in the lower North Is­land, it was im­por­tant for the vil­lage to join the city’s retic­u­la­tion scheme.

The orig­i­nal project budget was $1.6m but the fi­nal cost came in at $500,000 less.

‘‘It’s very pleas­ing to see that cost sav­ings were made due to com­pet­i­tive ten­der­ing and the use of mod­ern prac­tices such as drilling the retic­u­la­tion rather than open trench­ing,’’ Baker said.

‘‘ This ap­proach meant that re­in­state­ment costs were re­duced, work was car­ried out more tidily, with less dis­rup­tion to res­i­dents.’’

Half the cap­i­tal cost of the project was paid for by the Pau­ata­hanui property own­ers, who will now pay the same wa­ter and sewer rates as the rest of Porirua.

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