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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.

Stage 1 of construction and the associated upgrade of the water treatment plant started in February 2014 and was opened in May 2015. The scheme was first used in Oct 2015 and through March and April of 2016.

See how the river recharge scheme works.  

News and Press Releases

14 March 2016 River recharge in use
Feb 2016 River recharge scheme gets top rating from regional council
25 May 2015 Opening of upgraded Water Treatment Plant & new River Recharge Scheme
7 April 2014 Kāpiti Water Supply Project wins national award
12 December 2013 $2 million saving by Council
28 November 2013 Crucial decision on Kāpiti water supply

More news and press releases

 Meetings and Agendas

27 September 2012 Council Meeting: River Recharge with Groundwater Resource Consent application (IS-12-672)
28 June 2012 Council Meeting: Water Supply Project Professional Services (IS-12-543)
15 December 2011 Council Meeting: Water Supply Project Update

More meetings and agendas

To contact the Water Supply Project team, email

Our water is precious