Every day our teams are out there doing their thing - the regular upkeep and maintenance that keeps the good ship Napier on course. But we're also working on a number of larger projects that reshape our city. Here are a selection.
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Napier City Council operates two Biological Trickling Filters (BTFs) to treat our wastewater at the Awatoto Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Alongside a spiritually cleansing Papatūānuku channel, these BTFs were constructed to address tangata whenua concerns about the quality of water being discharged to Hawke Bay.
We’re threading a new spiral wound PVC wastewater pipe inside the old concrete one. This will solve issues with damaged pipes without the need to dig an open trench. We expect this work to be finished by August. The wastewater network will operate as normal throughout the project.
We are currently exploring options for constructing emergency wastewater storage ponds that can be used during period of extreme rainfall. These ponds will only be used for temporary storage of wastewater as well as providing an option for storing wastewater when repairs are needed on the main treatment plant.
We're upgrading some of our water mains to ensure they continue to meet fire-fighting requirements as our population grows. Bay View and Westshore will be the first areas to be upgraded. This work is expected to start in August. The budget is $2.5 million and comes from the Government's Three Waters Reform Fund.
Manganese in our water source reacts with chlorine to discolour the water. High on our priority list is exploring potential new bores at Awatoto and Taradale that could supply water with lower manganese levels. This has a $2 million budget, provided through the Government Three Waters Reform Fund.
A project is underway to research the quality of the beds of the waterways in the Pandora Industrial area. Over decades, heavy metals, rubbish and oils have flowed into the Pandora stormwater network, accumulating and eventually settling on the bottom of the Thames and Tyne waterways.
This facility will support employment, training and entrepreneurship with a focus on rangatahi and whānau development. It will act as an incubator, with access to high tech digital technology and it will also be a flexible space that will meet the changing needs of the community now and over time.
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