Wa­ter treat­ment plants open to pub­lic

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - TERESA HATTAN

Have you ever wanted to see where your wa­ter comes from?

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil are hold­ing a se­ries of open days to in­form the pub­lic about its wa­ter treat­ment plant emer­gency re­sponse plans.

Ahead of the open days, Kaimai Val­ley Ser­vices wa­ter op­er­a­tions man­ager Mur­ray Clay­ton de­scribed how the Bur­wood Rd plant works.

He said ba­si­cally, wa­ter comes up from the bore, into the blad­der be­fore be­ing pumped into stor­age. Op­er­at­ing wa­ter treat­ment plants re­quires the coun­cil to have a num­ber of chem­i­cals on site. Mur- ray said chlo­rine is added to the wa­ter to kill the bac­te­ria and caus­tic is added to in­crease the ph. It is be­cause of this that emer­gency re­sponse plans need to be in place.

The coun­cil is now in the fi­nal stages of de­vel­op­ing th­ese plans for all of the wa­ter treat­ment plants in the dis­trict.

As part of this process, the coun­cil have cho­sen to tell neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties about the un­likely risk of chem­i­cal leaks. The open days at the wa­ter treat­ment plants take place on Novem­ber 9 at Tawari St, Mata­mata from 4-6pm and on Novem­ber 10 at Bur­wood Rd, Mata­mata from 4-6pm.

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Kaimai Val­ley Ser­vices wa­ter op­er­a­tor Ja­son Han­cock.

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