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.
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.
Analysis of the water from the first exploratory bore in Meeanee has shown this water contains undesirable levels of manganese, unlike the initial tests indicated, so we will not be drilling a main bore at this location as a replacement for any existing bore.
The current bore will be completed and developed as a monitoring bore for the area.
We are reviewing the situation and will be deciding whether to drill exploratory bores in other locations, or investigate options to lower manganese levels at the existing two key bore sites.
$650,000 has been budgeted for this project.
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