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Low Manganese Water Source

Council is committed to solving Napier’s dirty water issues and there is a roadmap to resolve these. Our main priority this year is to reduce our reliance on bores that add to these dirty water concerns.

Discoloured water issues have been linked to water with high levels of naturally occurring manganese, which oxidises when combined with chlorine. Two of Napier’s current seven bores that provide the city’s water supply, have higher manganese levels. This project is assessing the potential of new bores to provide us with water that is low in manganese with an aim to have these operational at the end of next summer. Adding more bores to our system will also support our aim to have a network that is operationally resilient.

This project is looking at the suitability of bores at Awatoto and Taradale. The bores have been flow tested to make sure they can be used. Flow testing checks to see how much water can be taken through the bore, what the quality of the water is and whether taking water from this bore could affect other bores in the area. Testing has had positive results and we are now working with contractors to begin drilling at the site from late October. 

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Drilling, testing and treatment planning stages


$2million (provided through Government Three Waters Reform Fund)

Estimated Timeline:

Awatoto testing begins June 2021

New bore drilling work begins Oct 2021


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