A new $68 million water treatment plant in Papakura will help boost Auckland’s water supply by six million litres a day.
The project is part of Watercare’s drought response and is being built in two stages on the site of the old Papakura Water Treatment Plant, which has been largely demolished.
Auckland City Council said the total cost of reinstating the supply from the Ōtūwairoa/Hays Creek Dam, which includes the construction of a new water treatment plant and significant upgrades to Watercare’s water distribution system, was $68 million.
“The project delivery has been staged to make sure the supply can be reinstated as quickly as possible,” Council said in a statement online.
“Stage one included the construction of a temporary treatment plant and the replacement of the Papakura No. 2 watermain from the treatment plant to the intersection of Hunua and Dominion Roads, which became operational [on Friday] after only six months of design, consenting and construction.”
The temporary plant treats water from the Ōtūwairoa/Hays Creek Dam which has been out of service for the past 15 years.