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Hastings District Council reports on progress of its water change programme

iStock 89333465 LARGE SmallHastings District Council was today advised that significant progress is being made on the delivery of the water change programme, which is focused on ensuring the delivery of safe drinking water and effective and sustainable water services to the community.

Independent Chairman of the Hastings District Council’s water services change programme Garth Cowie says significant progress has been made in the six months since the change team was established, and even more work will be completed during 2018 and beyond.

“Council is already delivering on the initiatives committed to under the change programme and its water strategy. It is moving as fast as possible to transform its water services so they are fit for purpose. I am pleased with what has already been achieved and what is planned for 2018 and beyond”.

Mr Cowie said the Council team was working extremely hard and is focused on meeting its commitment to deliver best practice water services and drinking water safety. Initiatives in place or underway include:

  • Completing a detailed review of Council’s water operations
  • Working with national and international water experts to strengthen and improve Council’s water services and water network
  • New investment of $37 million in water services over the next five years in addition to already planned works
  • Investing in exploring new water sources
  • Installing a new $10 million mains pipeline between Hastings and Havelock North (delivery of pipes currently underway)
  • Installing a high level of treatment on all Hastings District Council bores including UV treatment and chlorination of the Hastings District Council water supplies
  • Installing UV treatment on all supplies with some treatment plants in design and some commencing construction
  • Permanent closure of Brookvale bores 1 and 2, with Brookvale bore 3 closing once the new mains pipeline between Hastings and Havelock North is in operation
  • Increased frequency of testing and use of new technology to monitor performance and act quickly if any vulnerability is detected
  • Improved risk management and legal compliance
  • Actively participating in the Joint Working Group on Drinking Water Safety
  • Appointment of eight technical staff in newly created roles to help Council deliver sustainable and effective water services across drinking water, waste water and storm water at the standard and level of service that the community expects.

“As with any major infrastructure projects or change management initiatives, these improvements take time,” says Mr Cowie.

“Good progress is being made in strengthening the water network and support services, despite the need to follow best practice procedures in design, procurement and recruitment,” he said.

Hastings District Mayor, Sandra Hazlehurst says she is satisfied Council is prioritising safe drinking water and the improvement of water services.

“I am confident the water services change team and Council are working hard and making very good progress to deliver the fundamental service of safe drinking water all the way to the tap.

“It’s important that we keep moving quickly but also where necessary take the time we need to get things right. This is all about the health and safety of our people, and it is Council’s top priority. 

“We know our community has been through a lot and there will be no compromise on our part in delivering drinking water the community can trust. We are listening to our people, reporting on our progress and are grateful for the support across the district,” says Mayor Hazlehurst.

18 December 2017

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