We are well-advanced with all of the projects that make up our Hastings Drinking Water Strategy – a comprehensive plan of action that sees all of our communities, large and small, have access to a safe, resilient water supply that has the capacity we need for our residents of today and future generations.
Safe drinking water is our number one priority and it is fantastic to see all of the individual elements that make up the strategy either completed or underway.
Our network is complex, with eight supplies providing drinking water to our small communities, from Waipātiki to Waimārama, and large facilities supplying our main urban areas. It has been important to Council, from the very start of the planning phase, that all of our communities have access to drinking water of the very highest standard.
The upgrades across all of the networks include multi-barrier treatment and the latest technology which enables our team to monitor the performance of all of the facilities, in real-time, including flows, pressures and water testing results.
Each has a reservoir, of a size appropriate to the community it is supplying. These will not only enable the team to more effectively treat our water, but also supply us with reserves of drinking water in the event of a natural disaster that breaks our network. This is an important improvement on our traditional system, which relied mainly on extracting water from the ground and putting it directly into the pipe system – with limited stored water on hand.
As we know, this strategy came out of the Havelock North water contamination in 2016. Information from the Government inquiry and Council’s own investigations have informed our team throughout the water delivery plan.
The projects started with the construction of a new near 5km water main between Hastings and Havelock North, and will finish with the completion of Waiaroha, a critical water storage, treatment and education facility in the central city.
With the support of our community, we have made amazing progress over the last four years. I look forward to celebrating, with our people, the opening of further facilities as they reach completion.
Mayor, Hastings District Council
31 May 2021
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