Key Maitai pipeline project completed

The three-year $11.6 million Maitai pipeline duplication project is finished, Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese said today.

She said it had been a "massive infrastructure project" and thanked residents for their patience around road closures, and contractor Fulton Hogan.

"Providing a reliable, clean drinking water supply is one of the most crucial tasks any council has," Reese said. "Our investment in this pipeline is a major achievement in securing that supply."

The older pipeline broke in several places after a 2008 storm, prompting the council to build a second line to protect the water supply.

The duplicate line is mainly underground and will be less vulnerable to slips and falling trees.

Sections of the Maitai Valley road have been upgraded along the way and fibre optic cable has been laid. The actual pipeline is 8 kilometres of 60 centimetre diameter concrete-lined spiral welded steel, and runs under the river twice.

The council will hold a celebration with residents, contractors, iwi and other groups on Wednesday evening.

The Nelson Mail