In 2018 Hastings District Council embarked on an ambitious plan to upgrade drinking water infrastructure.
The council committed $47.5million through the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan to enhance drinking water infrastructure and treatment, to ensure its safety now and into the future, for our people. The aim of this investment is to have comprehensive treatment on all Hastings District Council’s drinking water supplies and to improve the capacity and resilience of the network by 2021.
The impetus for the strategy was the Havelock North drinking water crisis in 2016, when animal faeces entered the aquifer near a bore site in Havelock North, contaminating the supply and making thousands of people ill.
Until that time, Hawke’s Bay’s aquifers were considered a secure, safe supply of drinking water that was protected from contamination by an impervious ‘cap’. That event changed New Zealand’s view of the safety of aquifer-fed supplies and how water from them should be treated. The resulting investigations and recommendations were used by Hastings District Council to inform its Drinking Water Strategy 2018
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