Water Supply Project
The Water Supply Project was set up in 2009 to find additional water supply for the district’s future needs.
In September 2013, the river recharge scheme was approved by independent commissioners. The scheme allows Council to increase the amount of water it takes from Waikanae River by adding groundwater below the treatment plant during very dry periods (ensuring bore water doesn't enter water supply).
Fresh water is taken from the river above the plant, then treated and piped through the reticulation system. If the river level is too low to take as much as we need, Council can replace the amount taken for our water supply to maintain the natural flow of the river.
Once fully operational there should be no need to supplement drinking water with groundwater in times of drought.
Stage 1 of construction and the associated upgrade of the water treatment plant started in February 2014. The new scheme is expected to be operational in 2015.
To see how the river recharge scheme will work, go here.
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