Good progress made on wa­ter strat­egy

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

Two years on from the Have­lock North wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion event the Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil has taken on board the learn­ings from the gov­ern­ment wa­ter in­quiry and made the de­liv­ery of safe wa­ter a top pri­or­ity.

Hast­ings mayor San­dra Ha­zle­hurst says it’s an im­por­tant time to re­flect on and ac­knowl­edge what hap­pened, and to also ac­knowl­edge the enor­mous amount of progress that has been made in the last two years.

“We recog­nise the community is still feel­ing the im­pact of the event,” she says.

“Peo­ple suf­fered in many ways — emo­tion­ally, fi­nan­cially and phys­i­cally — and we know some of that pain lingers — every­one has our heart­felt sym­pa­thies.”

She said the coun­cil had taken many steps to safe­guard the dis­trict’s res­i­dents to en­sure an event like this never hap­pened again, and this progress would con­tinue in the years ahead.

“This will mean our dis­trict has safe and re­li­able drink­ing wa­ter for many years to come,” she says.

In Au­gust last year the coun­cil adopted a new wa­ter strat­egy, and to date had com­pleted a sig­nif­i­cant amount of work to achieve what are likely to be amended New Zealand Drink­ing Wa­ter Stan­dards as a re­sult of the in­quiry.

A $47.5 mil­lion in­vest­ment pack­age for the whole dis­trict over the next four years had been com­mit­ted — $40.5m to be spent on build­ing new in­fra­struc­ture to re­place the Brook­vale bore and the even­tual full treat­ment (UV and chlo­rine) of all drink­ing wa­ter sources by 2021.

Phys­i­cal works com­pleted to date in­cluded the re­moval of Brook­vale bores 1 and 2, with full treat­ment to a very high stan­dard in­stalled at Brook­vale bore 3.

The bore at Wil­son Rd had been up­graded, in­clud­ing UV treat­ment, a new bore had been put in at Flaxmere, and the con­struc­tion of the new Hast­ings to Have­lock North wa­ter trunk main was two-thirds com­plete.

Plans were in place to con­struct a wa­ter booster pump sta­tion at Have­lock North over the next 12 months, and ma­jor up­grades were un­der way at the East­bourne and Frim­ley bore­fields. This work in­cluded new treat­ment and reser­voir stor­age.

As part of the up­grades new tech­nol­ogy had been in­stalled to al­low the coun­cil to mon­i­tor wa­ter qual­ity in real time to iden­tify any is­sues be­fore they po­ten­tially im­pacted drink­ing wa­ter qual­ity.

A fur­ther $7m would be in­vested in the in­fra­struc­ture and treat­ment of small ur­ban wa­ter sup­plies at Te Awanga/ Hau­moana, Clive, Whakatu, and Waipatu, and small community sup­plies at Waimarama, Waipatiki and Whiri­naki.

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