Stratford Press

Second water trunk builds resilience in town supply


Stratford’s second water trunk main is nearing completion.

The last pieces of infrastruc­ture are set to be fitted throughout September.

A key milestone in the project was successful­ly completed last week, with the installati­on of a new pipe bridge across the Pa¯tea River.

This involved welding the old bridge to the new one then using rollers to pull the old bridge off the existing supporting structures and replacing it with the new bridge.

Installing the new pipe, which spans about 3.5km in total, is a welcome addition to Stratford’s water supply infrastruc­ture.

Chief executive Sven Hanne says adding a second water main to supply the Stratford township with drinking water is a dream come true.

“Our team has had to be knee-deep in a trench fixing burst water pipes on Christmas Day, while the town is without water, more than once in my time at council.

“With a second water trunk main, we have the resilience to be able to keep water flowing to households if one main breaks. We’ll be able to turn one pipe off with little impact to residents while we work to fix the issue.”

The project has been a long time coming due mainly to a lack of funding.

However, a grant of $2.4 million from Ka¯noa Provincial Developmen­t Unit has enabled the project to progress earlier than planned and with minimal financial impact on Stratford ratepayers.

“We’re really excited about this project being completed. It will serve our growing community well into the future,” says Sven.

As part of the project, there will be times in the coming month when contractor­s will need to turn off the town’s water supply to safely complete infrastruc­ture connection­s. Residents will be told in advance of this work occurring.

The best way to stay up to date with the project is to download the free Antenno App council uses to share updates directly to residents’ mobile phones, or by keeping an eye on the website

 ?? Photo/ Supplied ?? Stratford’s second water trunk main is nearing completion.
Photo/ Supplied Stratford’s second water trunk main is nearing completion.

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