Water treatment plants open to public
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.
Kaimai Valley Services water operator Jason Hancock.