New water plant means reliable Patea supply

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 05:00 20/11/2012

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Patea residents can expect to enjoy improved security of water supply this summer, with a new $2.6 million water treatment plant in operation.

The South Taranaki District Council project involved constructing a new bore, reservoir and water plant.

Council engineering assets and planning manager Howard Wilkinson said the town was now fully compliant with the latest drinking water standards.

He said that while the old reservoir on the sand hill was considered by many to be a landmark, it had come to the end of its operational life.

"We had originally planned to build another reservoir next to it on the hill, but a seismic analysis showed that in an earthquake similar to those experienced in Christchurch, the stability of the hill couldn't be guaranteed."

Mr Wilkinson said the new ground-level reservoir would still provide adequate water pressure.

Mayor Ross Dunlop said the council had invested a "huge amount of time and money" into upgrading water supplies.

"Since 2005, the main priority of the council has been on improving the district's water infrastructure.

"Over the last six years we have completed nearly $50m of work."

Over the next few years, the council will spend about $500,000 replacing some of the old pipes in Patea's water reticulation network.

The Ministry of Health contributed $360,000 in grants towards the upgrades.

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