Monday, July 15, 2024

Akaroa wastewater pump station plan progresses

A corner of the Childrens Bay boat park in Akaroa is set to close at the end of June 2024 as Christchurch City Council prepares to build a new wastewater pump station.

Council Head of Three Waters, Brent Smith says the pump station is an essential aspect of the new Akaroa $74 million wastewater scheme.

The scheme involves construction of a new treatment plant on Old Coach Road, a new pump station at the Childrens Bay boat park, an upgrade of network pipes and connections and using treated recycled wastewater to irrigate new plantings of native trees at Hammond Point and Robinsons Bay.

Mr Smith says consents have been approved for many aspects of the scheme, including the new pump station build. Council has submitted a resource consent application to Environment Canterbury (ECan) for the irrigation of treated wastewater to land.

“Although we’re waiting on resource consent for that final part of the scheme, we have to get started on the other work – the pump station and the treatment plant – because our consent to discharge treated wastewater to Akaroa Harbour will expire in May 2030,” said Mr Smith.

He said the geotechnical investigations at the Childrens Bay boat park will inform the design of the new pump station. Construction is expected to get under way by the end of 2025.

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