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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.

for more information view the frimley park water supply overview

What will it look like?



Since the Havelock North water crisis, Hastings District Council has embarked on a comprehensive upgrade of its drinking water supply. We are doing this to ensure our city has a drinking water supply treated to the highest possible standards – safe drinking water is our highest priority. As well as advanced treatment, this upgrade includes water storage so we have spare capacity for times of emergency or natural disaster. It is also intended to help us manage 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. This is about future-proofing our drinking water supply to ensure we always have enough safe drinking water for our urban residents. The best, safest, most cost-effective and efficient way to achieve this is for our water treatment and storage facilities to be located as close as possible to the existing water supplies.

The Frimley area is one of two areas where the Hastings urban water supply is sourced – the other being at Eastbourne St, proposed to be the site of additional water storage.

Frimley Park already contains drinking water infrastructure (constructed circa 1960) including a water treatment building, bores and pipework, with elements nearing the end of their life and due for replacement. It’s important we are in the vicinity of the existing network to retain the groundwater quantity, quality, and capacity requirements.

When investigating potential sites it was evident it would be very challenging to find another appropriate-sized area within the Frimley suburb to meet the need of being located near to the water supply.

Investigations into the Frimley Park site started in early 2019, and we have informed and engaged with the community on our plans through various platforms since that time. This has included:

  • Public Council meetings during 2019
  • Open Day in the Park in October 2019
  • Letters to immediately affected residents
  • Letters to residents within Frimley area
  • Media coverage to wider community
  • Publically notified resource consent process. This proposal was publically notified in January this year and there was one submission received in opposition, other feedback was supportive.

Hastings’ existing water supplies are all in or near urban areas where there is access to water and to the network it serves, i.e. Flaxmere Park, Frimley Park, Havelock North hills, and Eastbourne Street. This kind of infrastructure is not typically situated in the urban industrial areas of the district. In addition, we needed this to be positioned where there was no risk of potential contamination from industrial activities.

We recognise that this is a valued open space therefore it was quickly identified that any facility in this location be appropriately sited and designed to avoid, remedy and mitigate any potential effects, particularly in regard to visual amenity and the qualities of the park.

The tank itself, and an ancillary building to house pumps and treatment facilities, is discreetly located within a less frequented section of Frimley Park, adjacent to the Hastings Girls High School boundary, with well-established trees being the primary mitigation. Further planting and mitigation is proposed to lessen the visibility of the works.

This includes creating a formal avenue of trees along the original driveway to further mitigate visual impacts.


The proposed water treatment plant will be fully compliant with district noise requirements. The nearest dwellings are more than 100m from the proposed site. The existing HDC water treatment facilities are much closer to residential dwellings than what’s proposed at Frimley Park so we don’t anticipate noise being disruptive to people’s lives and enjoyment of the area.

Frimley Park is 19.17 ha and the proposed water treatment plant area is 0.20 ha or one per cent of the total park area.  Located adjacent to the Hastings Girls High School boundary, the project proposes removing the existing maintenance yard from the high profile area in the middle of the park. This is about 0.20 ha in size, and the intention is for this area to be returned to park land.

Frimley Park was gifted to Hastings District Council by the Williams family in 1951, with the original water supply bores and water treatment building being established in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Descendants of the Williams family have been involved in the most recent water infrastructure proposals for the park.

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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