Third water out­age frus­trates res­i­dents

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - MIKE BAIN

An­other burst main on Mata­mata’s Tower Rd is caus­ing more frus­tra­tion for busi­ness res­i­dents and coun­cil as they try to come to grips for the rea­sons why.

It is the third in­ter­rup­tion to the water sup­ply in the same vicin­ity of the road.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil staff have no ex­pla­na­tion as to the rea­son why the burst oc­curred.

The coun­cil has launched an­other in­ves­ti­ga­tion to get to the bot­tom of the prob­lem.

The first break­age oc­curred on May 12 with the sec­ond just weeks later in on June 12, with ser­vice re­stored the same day.

The coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Don McLeod said staff want to un­der­stand what ex­actly has failed and why.

‘‘... so that we can re­duce the risk of fu­ture breaks in the area.’’

McLeod ad­mit­ted the coun­cil was un­sure of the cause of the fail­ures. He said the re­sults of test­ing were still to be de­ter­mined.

‘‘While we have been wait­ing on those re­sults we have been test­ing pres­sure valves and found them to be func­tion­ing cor­rectly.’’

How­ever it’s cold com­fort to the 25 res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties and busi­ness in Tower Rd who have been ef­fected by the break­ages.

Tower Mo­tel owner Karen O’Han­lon wasn’t pre­pared to com- ment on the im­pact the dis­rup­tions had on her ac­com­mo­da­tion busi­ness.

But said she had spo­ken with mayor Jan Barnes about find­ing a so­lu­tion to the on­go­ing prob­lem.

Water con­trac­tors have cut a sample of pipe from the main for fur­ther test­ing.

Pre­vi­ous tests of the water main have in­di­cated that the pipe is in good con­di­tion. The lat­est in­ves­ti­ga­tion is to see whether the break was a re­sult of some other fac­tor.

This time around the test­ing in­cludes mea­sure­ment of wall thick­ness, an ex­am­i­na­tion of pipe stress crack­ing, and pres­sure test­ing.

The cost to the coun­cil re­me­di­a­tion is un­known.

‘‘Once coun­cil es­tab­lishs the facts we will be in touch with those who were af­fected,’’ McLeod said. of

Tower Lodge Mo­tel owner Karen O’Han­lon.

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