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Safeguarding Our Water

Hastings District Council’s Water Strategy (2018) ensures that residents connected to the water network are provided with a safe, reliable, resilient drinking water supply.

Water strategy

The council has committed $47.5million through the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan to enhance drinking water safety. The aim of this investment is to have comprehensive treatment of all Hastings District Council’s drinking water supplies by 2021.

To date, projects achieved in this package include:

  • Upgrade of Wilson Road, Waipatu, Omahu and Brookvale bores with UV as well as chlorine treatment.
  • Chlorination of Hastings District Council reticulated drinking water supplies (as recommended by the Havelock North water inquiry).
  • Hastings to Havelock North water main – this 4.8km water main provides Havelock North with water from the Hastings groundwater bores.
  • Construction of the Havelock North booster pump station in progress (50% complete).
  • Progress towards building the infrastructure and associated treatment of small urban water supplies at Te Awanga/Haumoana, Clive and Whakatu, and small community supplies at Waimarama, Waipatiki and Esk/Whirinaki.

Water Strategy

Plans for water treatment and storage

The council continues to plan the remaining significant work for the Frimley and Eastbourne urban supplies, as part of the already committed funding package, to deliver safe drinking water across Hastings.

Proposed projects involve the construction and operation of new water treatment and storage facilities in two locations within the city.

Why is this work important?

Enhanced water storage will make our drinking water supply safer, more resilient, and reduce our reliance on continuously extracting drinking water from the aquifer to meet consumer demand. The benefits of this proposed work include:

  1. Enhanced barriers to contamination i.e. storing treated water, ready for supply into homes.
  2. Improvements to existing continuous monitoring and control of source water.
  3. Create supply resilience i.e. having enough water available in the event of a natural disaster where pipelines or services may be damaged.
  4. Managing water during periods of high use (e.g. high summer) so that demand is met from the treated water that is stored in the reservoir, not drawing directly from the aquifer.
  5. Reducing drawing from the aquifer to minimise the potential for surface impurities going into the aquifer.
  6. Reducing pressure within the reticulation network to minimise leakage and stresses on our pipe assets.

Where will this work happen?

Council went through a detailed site selection process before presenting proposed sites to councillors for approval.
The following questions were considered:

  • How close is the potential site to existing water sources (ideally as close as possible)?
  • Can the new infrastructure connect easily to the main arterial water supply pipe network?
  • Can we use existing infrastructure (where appropriate)?
  • Is the site well removed from any potential contamination sources? e.g. not in an industrial area.
  • Is there enough space for new infrastructure?

Taking all of this into account, and after numerous council workshops, two sites in Hastings have been selected: Frimley Park and Eastbourne (corner of Southampton Street East and Hastings Street South).

Frimley Park

The preferred site is on the southern end of Frimley Park next to Hastings Girls High School. This is near existing water sources and infrastructure. It is an area of the park that is not highly used, and set in established trees that will reduce the visual impact of the works for nearby residents and street traffic. Tree planting is anticipated to create a formal avenue of trees along the original driveway to further mitigate visual impacts.

This facility would be an 8,000m3 reservoir about 38m diameter and 11m tall (subject to final approved designs) with an additional building to house associated pumps, filtration, chlorination and UV treatment infrastructure.

To free up more space for the public, we are actively working, as part of this project, to negotiate moving the maintenance sheds out of the park. This space near the playground will then be returned to parkland.

What will it look like?


Have your say

In late November 2019 a resource consent will be submitted for this work. Under this formal process you will have the opportunity to have your say. We expect that the consenting authority will notify this application for feedback in mid-January 2020 – at this time you will have 20 working days to make a submission.

More information

Please contact Hastings District Council's Senior Projects Engineer, on +64 6 871 5000 or via email with any questions.

You can also view the following documents:


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