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Wastew­a­ter pipes

Knowl­edge on the wastew­a­ter pipe net­work has been im­proved fol­low­ing the first six months of a Waikato District Coun­cil’s Through the Wastew­a­ter Over­flow Con­tin­ual Im­prove­ment Pro­gramme. About 45km of pipes have been cleaned and in­spected via Closed Cir­cuit Tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­era. The coun­cil is us­ing the CCTV data to as­sess the in­ter­nal con­di­tion of the pipes and pri­ori­tise a pro­gramme of work to re­place or re­pair pipes where the con­di­tion of them poses a risk of an over­flow. In­tense clean­ing has been re­quired in 12km of the pipes be­cause of sig­nif­i­cant de­posits of silt, gravel, fat de­posits, tree root dam­age and block­ages. Lit­tle li­braries The first two of six ‘lit­tle free li­braries’ for Huntly are bring­ing some out­doors spring plea­sure to the Kim­i­hia Home and Hospi­tal and Huntly Friend­ship House. They are part of a ‘place­mak­ing’ project de­signed to make Huntly’s pub­lic spa­ces invit­ing and boost res­i­dents’ en­joy­ment of their town. Four more lit­tle li­braries will be in­stalled in the Huntly com­mu­nity in the com­ing weeks. Waikato District Coun­cil, Huntly Friend­ship House and the Men­zshed Huntly joined forces ear­lier this year to build the ‘lit­tle li­braries’ as a com­pan­ion project to an­other ini­tia­tive to up­grade Gar­den Place with a gi­ant cir­cu­lar seat un­der a tree in the square.

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