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Waipukurau Water Firefighting and Reticulation Improvements

Council has developed a 7 year works programme, detail on each stage is outlined below.

A multi-year project to improve the resilience within the Waipukurau water network to improve fire-fighting capabilities and pressure within the network.

The team began by reviewing modelling data to implement a long-term project plan to improve the capabilities and pressure within the network gradually. Council has planned for the works to take place from 2018 for 7 years through to 2024/25.

Council then started working with Stantec to finalise a 7 year works programme to improve firefighting, resilience, pressure and allow for future growth extensions in Waipukurau. In the short term Years 1 to 3 would be tendered out as a package of works.


Contract awarded by June 2019 for works to commence immediately for Years 1 and 2.

Year 3 to take place between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.


Update - 12 December 2019

Council and the contractor have held a final walk over, and bar a few minor defects to tidy up, the project is now complete.

Stage 3 is looking to commence in July 2020.

Update - 06 December 2019

Reinstatement has now been completed, and the project all but complete.

hunter park

Update - 25 November 2019

Last week we completed the final connections - two new valves were installed and the rider main running along Ruataniwha Street was connected onto the new main on the corner of Northumberland and Ruataniwha Streets. Two laterals were also changed over to the new main.

Later this week we also complete some minor work relocating and replacing two fire hydrants on Takapau Road opposite the Mobil off the road into the parking bays. This will assist with access and remedy the slumping that forms around these hydrants.

The remaining focus this week shifts to tidying up, and reinstating site.

New Valves Northumberland Street Rider Main


Update - 18 November 2019

Veolia and Drainways worked together last week to complete the hook in of the new line into the Hunter Park reservoir, works went well and the team seamlessly completed this work over night on Thursday evening. Final valves and then tidy up on this project are underway, and we expect to have all works completed by the end of month.

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Update - 05 November 2019

A trench has been dug across the roadway up at the reservoir and kindergarten to install power cabling for the new flow meter installed in Hunter Park

WPK Firefighting Power Crossing Hunter Park

Update - 21 October 2019

The last few weeks we have been working on tidying up minor items on the project, like compaction of trenches and having these tested in preparation for sealing which is expected by the 24th October 2019.

We have also been installing the new replacement laterals and a rider main across Kitchener Street.

This week we also focus on undertaking pressure testing, disinfection and sterilising the new main in preparation for the live tie in - planned for approx 6 Nov 2019 - more updates will follow on this, as the work involves a shut down of the Hunter Park reservoir.

63mm Rider Main across Kitchener

Update - 04 October 2019

A flow meter has been installed in Hunter Park to assist with providing real time data back to council to understand flows out of the Hunter Park reservoir.

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Update - 30 September 2019

Following the thrust blocks we have been back filling excavations in preparation for reinstatement.

WPK Firefighting Clegg testing Backfill

Update - 26 September 2019

This week we have focused on installing thrust blocks around pipe details like valves and connections to provide support once back filled.

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Update - 23 September 2019

We have been working on the connection on the corner of Kitchener Street and South Service Lane.

WPK Firefighting South Service Lane Connection

Update - 18 September 2019

Drainways completed a spell of night works along Ruataniwha Street, installing the final length of pipe, now all pipe is in the ground, and focus shifts to connecting the pipe together, installing tees and valves in preparation for testing. Thursday 26th September we are planning a shutdown of the Hunter Park reservoir overnight to connect the new supply into the reservoir. Works are planned to take place from 7pm to 7am.

WPK Firefighting Water Pipe Pulled into Ruataniwha Street

Update - 02 September 2019

Night works will be starting this week, as we work to install the last section of pipe along Ruataniwha Street between Northumberland and Kitchener Street, this is expected to take up to 10 working days. 

Last week pipe was installed along Kitchener Street - 3 of our 4 sections of pipe are now in the ground.

WPK Firefighting Pipe Pull back along Kitchener Street Drone


Update - 23 August 2019

Current project status - works are expected to shift to night as we move into Ruataniwha street week starting 2 Sep 2019.

Overview Update 23 Aug 2019

Update - 21 August 2019

The project continues to progress well, with drill shots completed through Hunter Park, and more recently across Ruataniwha Street from Northumberland Street, and a third drill shot is underway across the Kitchener Street/ Ruataniwha St intersection through to join the pipe at the base of Hunter Park on Kitchener Street.

Attention over the coming weeks turns to installing pipe along Ruataniwha Street between the Kitchener and Northumberland Street intersections.

Following that the connections and testing will take place.

Site Fencing with Signboard

Update - 08 August 2019

The pipe was successfully installed from Kitchener Street to the top of Hunter Park, the first of 5 drill shots completed.

WPK Firefighting Pipe Pulled back up Hunter Park

Update - 25 July 2019

Work is planned to commence from Mon 29th July 2019. The project is planning to improve firefighting capacity, network resilience, and shortfalls in network supply. 

This involves increasing the size of the pipe coming out of the Hunter Park Reservoir down through Hunter Park and into Kitchener Street, Stage 1 ends at the South service Lane. Stage 2 runs from South service Lane along Ruataniwha Street and ends at the intersection of Northumberland Street – this section is installing a new pipeline to increase capacity.

There will be traffic management in place – so please drive carefully around the worksites.

The contractors will be engaging further with those affected, and will aim to minimise disruption as much as possible.

Contact council on 06 857 8060 if you have any queries.

Update - 10 July 2019

We are working through the final contract deliverable's and expect works to start on Mon 29th July 2019.

The next few weeks, will see the team plan for construction, and communicate works with those affected.

This linked project commencement update is going out to all affected parties this week, outlining the works planned, and some FAQs covering key items.

Please contact council if you have any questions on 06 857 8060.

Update - 15 May 2019

The first three years scope for the project has been detailed and forms part of the tender currently in the market.

The objective is to install a water main between the Hunter Park Reservoir and Peel Street in Waipukurau. 
The proposed water main size is 225mm PE100 and approx. 600m long. The new main is proposed to cross SH2.

This work will improve the firefighting and capability of the water network.

Tender Comms Overview

Update - 28 September 2020

With the successful connection of the new water main and service laterals, Drainways worked hard last week to back-fill the remaining open excavations in readiness to complete rehabilitation of the road carriageway and footpaths with aim to have this Project completed by the end of the week. 

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Update - 14 September 2020

Drainways have completed installation and pressure testing of the new pipeline, service laterals and fittings for Stage 3. This week will see the new pipe been connected to the existing Council Network in two stages during Wednesday, and Thursday Night. Thursday nights stage will take place between 10.30pm and 5.30am Friday morning to minimize disruptions. Project still on target to be completed by end of September.

WPK Firefighting

Update - 07 September 2020

Drainways are currently working on details that will allow the connection of the new PE Watermain onto the existing Council Network. The detail shown here is on the corner of Russell and Northumberland Streets where 3 new Valves been installed plus associated anchor blocks once completed. Contractors are targeting next week to connect onto the Council Network.

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Update - 31 August 2020

Drainways are currently installing new service laterals to all properties that will be connected to the new Water Main along Northumberland St.

The next major piece of work will be the installation of New Valves at the Russel St intersection followed by pressure testing of the new water main and service laterals.

C1041 Waipukurau FF and Shortfalls 1

Update - 24 August 2020

Drainways have now installed the 195m of new Water Pipe by directional drilling, the last section of 95m installed Thursday last week by their sub-contractor Xtreme, work will now commence with installing new service laterals, and valves in readiness for pressure testing of the new system before connection onto the Council Water Network. 

Update - 17 August 2020

Drainways currently on site with Stage 3 of the Waipukurau Firefighting and Shortfalls Improvements - working along Northumberland St installing 190m of new watermain. To date 95m has been installed by way of trenchless technology. 

WPK Firefighting Stage 3

Update - 03 August 2020

This week we start work on Stage 3 of this key project to improve firefighting capacity and shortfalls in our reticulation in Waipukurau – our contractor Drainways return for Stage 3 that will see a larger pipe installed along Northumberland Street for approx. 200m through to the Peel street intersection.

WPK Firefighting Stage 3 2021


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