Watercare controls consultation on new west Auckland water treatment plant

The 90-year-old Huia Water Treatment Plant.
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The 90-year-old Huia Water Treatment Plant.

People who want to talk with Watercare at its next west Auckland water treatment plant consultation will have to book.

The organisation said it would now give guided tours around its aging Huia Water Treatment Plant on March 25-26, from 9am to 4pm.

At the end of each 10-person tour people could ask questions of its experts.

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Save Oratia supporters turned up to the March 1 meeting, even though Watercare cancelled.

Watercare cancelled a community-consultation at Oratia District School hall on March 1, but hundreds of angry locals turned up anyway.

Speakers talked about flooding Watercare's next consultation with hundreds of people asking questions and bringing tractors, to let it know how they feel about a possible water treatment (WTP) plant in Oratia.

Watercare is considering four sites for a new west Auckland plant – two in Waima, Titirangi, and two on Parker Rd, Oratia.

The sites in Oratia would displace families from homes. Rebuilding its current WTP in Titirangi would bring forward expensive infrastructure spending and building adjacent to it would require cutting down native trees and bush.

"We've listened to the Titirangi and Oratia communities, we understand they have many more questions, so we think this event will go a long way to addressing this," Watercare environment and consents manager Mark Bourne said.

"Many people have never seen an operating plant before and this is a good way of showing everyone what they look like and seeking further information about the different site options at the same time."

Visitors who just turn up without a booking will not be accepted, he said.

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Priority would be given to those who live close to the four sites.

Children under 14 will not be allowed "for health and safety reasons", and a reasonable level of fitness is needed as there would be stairs and walking.

To make a booking, contact Watercare's Maxine Clayton on 09 539 8378 or maxine.clayton@water.co.nz.

Otherwise people can email HuiaWTPProject@water.co.nz with questions, and Watercare's answers will be posted on its website.

 - Stuff

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