Leachate to Land
The team have been doing well juggling the many aspects of this project. With a focus being on sourcing the right clay and relocating the dry sludge from the landfill to fill a void at the landfill, with a third of the dry sludge (approx. 1500 tonnes) carted to the landfill the void is now ready to have mudstone layer applied and then a topsoil layer to allow it to be irrigated onto.
The new leachate pond is also on track to be lined from Mon 25th November, focus then shifts to the new pipeline and pump station.
The void is filling up well as we blend waste and sludge.
We are now also doing some work filling the void at the landfill that we will irrigate onto, this is a great opportunity to fill the void with sludge from the wastewater pond that has been drying for many years.
This saves cost as we dont have to import clay or waste.
Below is a photo from Waipawa geobag drying area.
We have had a lot of rain and this has impacted our pond that was drying nicely, we now need to focus on draining the pond to again allow it to drain and to reduce the moisture content.
The pond is taking good shape now, and is nearly ready to be lined.
We are now investigating a borrow site at the back of the landfill that will be used as final cover to shape the capped area on the landfill where the leachate will be irrigated onto. This is important in getting the right type of fill to ensure the permeability is correct for irrigation.
The pond has largely taken shape and is now being prepared for lining.
Update - 01 October 2019
The team has now shifted to excavating the new trench for the stormwater line that will provide the subsoil drainage.
The pond is taking shape and Stringfellows are working through creating the batters and gradients in preparation for inspection.
Stringfellows are currently excavating around the old leachate pond and continuing to create the new pond shape.
Earthworks on the new leachate pond is progressing well as our contractor Stringfellows currently forms the new pond shape.
Work is progressing well - glass has been shifted to a new bunker, and the team now start earthworks and creating the leachate pond.
Last week council endorsed a report to approve the additional budget required to complete this project, this week the start-up meeting takes place, and the contractor starts establishing site, the project involves shifting all the glass stored at the landfill away from the project site to a purpose built bunker (this glass is stored to be used in future as basecourse for any new cells), a large leachate pond is to be created, along with a new pump station and pipeline through to an irrigation area where new irrigation pods will be installed to irrigate the leachate onto a capped cell area of approx. 1.2ha.
Council has completed a robust procurement process and has identified a preferred supplier for this project.
Council now works to seek the relevant approvals, and is in the planning stages with the contractor and the landfill operations contractor to progress this project.
Works are expected to commence in late Aug 2019.
A resource consent has been submitted to Hawke's Bay Regional Council to amend the current resource consent conditions to allow us to irrigate the leachate back onto the landfill.
Following granting of consent conditions, Council plans to take this project to the market to identify a suitable partner to undertake the proposed works.
Below is an overview of the proposed irrigation area.
Three options regarding storage for the leachate project have been presented, CHBDC have reviewed the options and agreed to proceed with an option to increase the pond storage currently in-situ on the landfill. At present CHBDC are preparing a resource consent application to allow for this change in consent on how we manage the leachate. CHBDC expect to have lodged the consent with HBRC by mid March 2019.
CHBDC commissioned a survey of the landfill to help better understand the topographic and levels to progress improvements at the landfill and inform the leachate project requirements, in particular the surface area required to irrigate the leachate on. Below is a snapshot of the survey image.
Council has re-commenced a project that was conceived in 2011, to eliminate tankering the leachate produced at the landfill to the wastewater treatment pond in Waipukurau, and to instead create a circular system where the leachate is captured and irrigated back onto a completed area/ phase of the landfill.
This holds benefit for the wastewater treatment process - as leachate can be high in ammonia.
The project once completed is expected to reduce operational costs as well as better our environmental and carbon footprint through reduced emissions from tankering the leachate numerous times a day.
The project is in the early stages, design is to be completed and then a contractor procured to deliver this project.
Council hopes to have a system up and running in early 2020.
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