Up­grades for wa­ter treat­ment

Marlborough Express - - NEWS - SAMSTRONG

Up­grades to two West Coast wa­ter treat­ment plants are back on track fol­low­ing the ter­mi­na­tion of a con­tract with a cake dec­o­ra­tor’s firm.

The Westland Dis­trict Coun­cil has awarded the con­tract for the Whataroa and Ku­mara wa­ter treat­ment plant projects to its next pre­ferred ten­der, South­wa­ter Ltd – a South Is­land dredg­ing and wa­ter treat­ment com­pany.

The coun­cil’s pre­vi­ous $405,000 con­tract with Techno Eco­nomic Ser­vices NZ Ltd (TES), a new busi­ness with no track record in wa­ter man­age­ment, was to up­grade both wa­ter treat­ment plants by Au­gust.

In July, the coun­cil said the con­tract with TES had been stopped with the ‘‘mu­tual agree­ment of the par­ties’’.

The move to ter­mi­nate the deal fol­lowed in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions at the coun­cil.

The con­tract was re­viewed in March to con­firm the cor­rect ten­der process had been fol­lowed after it was re­vealed TES NZ’s direc­tor, Neha Bubna, was an Auck­land­based cake dec­o­ra­tor with no ex­pe­ri­ence in wa­ter man­age­ment.

The coun­cil had been in con­tact with the Min­istry of Health and was wait­ing to find out if it would get a sub­sidy for the Ku­mara wa­ter treat­ment plant pro­ject, a spokes­woman said.

The $242,641 sub­sidy was sus­pended ear­lier this year un­til the con­tract could be re-awarded.

Work would be done on both wa­ter treat­ment plants at the same time and was ex­pected to take about 26 weeks. Once the Ku­mara wa­ter treat­ment plant was fin­ished, the area’s wa­ter would re­turn to a treated, unchlo­ri­nated sup­ply, the spokes­woman said.

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