Renewing our assets are an important part of maintaining levels of service, reducing water leaks and servicing our growing communities, identified in our recent 2021 Long Term Plan as Challenge #2. Renewals involve replacing our pipe network before they get to the end of life. Due to historic under investment we have approx.. $18m of pipe networks past end of life, we are playing catch up, and our 2021 Long Term Plan has set aside significant investment to renew our aging network. Keep an eye on this page to follow the projects we are delivering as we respond to Challenge #2.
Update | November 2020 - July 2021
This infrastructure was identified as requiring replacement by the Three Waters Operations team as this area accounts for a disproportionate amount of the water leaks within the reticulated network areas (approx. 10%). These areas are also scheduled by the Land Transport department for patch reseals.
The success of this project will have an immediate impact on the level of service delivery available to our ratepayers, those directly affected will have a new network with greater resilience and less prone to reduced level of service, while those ratepayers not based in the immediate area also having a greater level of service available with other network issues able to be dealt with more swiftly due to the reduction in water leak repairs required for the Nelson/Reservoir area.
This project is intended to be funded through Tranche 1 of the Central Government 3 Waters Reform funding.
Update | July 2021
The team from Higgins are currently working to prepare the final lateral changeovers for properties on Nelson street. This section of main and rider main pipework is due to be tested and chlorinated this week. It is expected that the water main renewal project will be completed in the next 2/3 weeks.
Update | June 2021
Last week Higgins completed the installation of the New Water Mains in Nelson Street’s Northern Section with the passing of Pressure and Chlorination tests. Planning is currently underway to connect this onto Council’s Network including the feed pipeline up to Hunter Park Reservoir.
Update | May 2021
The residents of Reservoir Road have all now had their lateral connections switched over to the new water main and the team are moving on to the Nelson St work. Pipe is onsite and welding will start this week.
Last week the team also helped out by completing a temporary repair on a leak in the area, the sixth leak repair since they commenced onsite at the start of March, and great evidence as to why this renewals work is required.
The centre lane of Nelson Street is going to be used as a storage and work area from Friday 7th of May. This is to prepare the new watermain which is presently being installed. This may cause some minor disruption as drivers will only be able to access and exit driveways in one direction. We apologise in advance for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience!
Update | April 2021
Higgins and their subcontractors Xtreme drilling have completed the pipe install of both water mains and rider mains on Reservoir road. This Tuesday we have planned to connect in to the existing network in Fleming road, this will enable testing of the newly installed main, and coupled with the finalisation of valving and hydrant details should see this main able to be livened in the next couple of weeks and properties connected to the new network.
Update | March 2021
Higgins and their Subcontractor Xtreme drilling have been making good progress with the drilling of the new 125PE water main pipe on Reservoir Rd with approximately 160m of main already installed. The crew are working along behind the pipe drillers installing laterals. With this project we are using EF tapping saddles and couplers instead of previously used “Push-loc” fittings which have caused some issues in the past. New laterals are being installed for each property including where some connections are currently servicing multiple properties. This coupled with the use of Rider mains (where a second smaller main line is installed on the opposite side of the road) should ensure the future resilience of this new piece of network.
After a short delay due to issues with the supply of pipe due to Covid-19, Higgins have started onsite at Nelson St and Reservoir Rd in Waipukurau on a project to renew both streets Water mains. Over 6 months, approximately 950m of water main pipe and 670m of smaller Rider Main will be installed across both streets, as well as 8 Fire Hydrants and new lateral connection to all properties. Traffic management will be in place in these areas, please be considerate of workers onsite - thank you for your patience.
Update | February 2021
Due to some delays in the supply of the Water Main pipe materials (PE pipe) caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the planned start date of the 22nd February is slightly delayed. At this stage we are hopefully that physical construction will be able to start next week (1st -5th March). Higgins Contractors will provide all affected properties with an update and key contact details prior to commencement of works onsite.
We are pleased to announce that Higgins have been engaged to complete the works of behalf of CHBDC. The project was programmed to start on Monday 22nd February 2021 however due to Covid-19 affecting material supply chains, there has been a small delay in the supply of PE pipework and the construction start date may need to be pushed back a week or two, we will provide an update as soon and further details are available.
Update | January 2021
We are currently negotiating with a contractor to complete this work. Physical construction onsite is expected to commence at the end of February and be completed by the end of July. This construction will involve the installation of 950 metres of water main and 570 metres of smaller Rider main by horizontal directional drilling, and the installation of 8 New Fire Hydrants. Residents in these areas can expect to receive detailed information in their letterbox shortly.