Drinking water: The lifeblood or our people, our environment and our economy.
Hastings’ drinking water supply is, like others across the region, drawn from aquifers (underground lakes). Those water bodies are managed by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. It is responsible for the health of the rivers, streams and aquifers across the region, and manages the consenting process that allows water to be taken from them. Everyone who takes water from the aquifer or other water body must have a consent which, among other things, limits the amount of water that can be taken. For more information on water consents see Hawke’s Bay Regional Council: Taking Water.
Hastings District Council has a consent from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to take 15.25 million cubic metres of water per year for the Hastings urban drinking water supply (Flaxmere, Bridge Pa, Paki Paki, Hastings and Havelock North). In the 2018/19 year, 13.63 million cubic metres of water was abstracted for distribution to the community. It also holds consents to draw varying amounts of water for the eight smaller communities.
The water is drawn primarily from bores tapping into the aquifer, treated, and then piped via the district council networks to more than 23,000 connections to homes and businesses in the three largest urban areas of the district: Flaxmere including Bridge Pa and Paki Paki, Hastings and Havelock North, and eight small communities: Clive, Omahu, Haumoana and Te Awanga, Waimarama, Waipatiki, Whakatu, Whirinaki/Esk Valleyand Te Pohue.
The main components of the system include 24 bores, three springs, more than 530 kilometres of pipe, 32 reservoirs and 10 booster stations. More than 13 million cubic metres of water a year is pumped through the system.
The network is managed using a state-of-the-art computer system, which continuously monitors things like flows, pressures, reservoir levels, chlorine levels, treatment processes and pumping operations.
In order to ensure that the water is safe to drink a multi-barrier system of water treatment is used.
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