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.
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:
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.
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:
Council went through a detailed site selection process before presenting proposed sites to councillors for approval.
The following questions were considered:
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).
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.
In late November 2019 a resource consent will be submitted for this work. Under this formal process you will have the opportunity to have your say. We expect that the consenting authority will notify this application for feedback in mid-January 2020 – at this time you will have 20 working days to make a submission.
Please contact Hastings District Council's Senior Projects Engineer, on +64 6 871 5000 or via email with any questions.
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