Monday, March 4, 2024

Upgrades shore up Kaipara water resilience

Kaipara District Council says a number of infrastructure renewals and upgrades completed in recent years have strengthened water security in the region.

The Council says projects supported by funding from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) that focus on improving water security for local communities include:

  • A new water tank for Ruawai – doubling the town water capacity;
  • Watermain renewals in Ruawai – 3,440m of old pipes replaced;
  • Replacements and upgrades on watermains in Maungaturoto – 1,000m along Hurndall and View Streets;
  • Remedial works for the Griffin Road reservoirs in Maungaturoto;
  • Renewal of watermains in Dargaville – 2,500m of watermains;
  • Replacing aging watermains in Glinks Gully.

Council staff are currently investigating options to improve the water supply for Dargaville – including the potential to raise the height of the Waiatua Dam to increase storage capacity, or to connect to the Te Tai Tokerau Water Trust reservoir in Redhill.

Mayor, Craig Jepson says improving local water infrastructure will help during times of drought.  

“These improvements boost the resilience of our water supply, but as always those who rely on roof supply should conserve as much as possible,” he said.

“We all need to manage our water usage more diligently over the dry summer months to make every drop count.”

Council General Manager for Infrastructure Services, Anin Nama says staff are gearing up for a dry summer.

“Predictions of a dry windy summer mean drought is a very real possibility,” she said.

“Our team are keeping a close eye on water levels and we’ll be keeping the community updated throughout summer. We are also recommending residents relying on private water tanks make preparations with their water suppliers well before the onset of a dry spell.”

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