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New Bore Project

A site in Meeanee has the potential to become a new main water source for Napier and ease the city’s dirty water issues. Hawke’s Bay company Honnor Drilling, contracted by Napier City Council, started drilling an exploratory bore.

Exploratory Water Drinking Bore

Dirty water issues have been linked to water with higher manganese levels, which oxidises when combined with chlorine to create dirty water. Napier’s two key bores that source much of the city’s water supply have higher manganese levels and replacing these with new low manganese bores has the potential to improve the water clarity for affected Napier residents.

Hawke’s Bay company Honnor Drilling, have been contracted by Napier City Council to undertake the work. 

If further water testing at various points during the drilling process continues to show low manganese levels, a main bore will be drilled in that location. This larger bore will be put to the test during its creation, to see if it can perform as a ‘master bore’. If it demonstrates it can pump the correct quantities required from the aquifer to supply Napier and ensure it has no negative effect on existing bores in the surrounding area, it will become a major water supply for Napier.


The exploratory bore continues to be drilled deeper than the initial depth of 120m. This is because the water samples taken so far have indicated we have not yet reached the low levels required for both iron and manganese. Our contractor is currently at a depth of approximately 137m, with a further 20-30m to go to reach the next aquifer.


$650,000 has been budgeted for this project. 


December 2020



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