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Pipe repairs to affect city water supply

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Repairs to Napier city’s water main pipe at the roundabout of Prebensen Drive and the Napier-Hastings Expressway, scheduled to begin tomorrow, is expected to affect the city’s water supply for up to a day.

As this pipe feeds the Enfield Road reservoir on Napier Hill, one of the two main reservoirs for Napier, Napier City Council asks that people, particularly on the hill, avoid using water as much as possible from now, until the repair is complete.

We need people to reduce their water use now, in case we need to flush the network because of dirty water issues caused by bringing on an additional water supply bore to maintain water supply flow and pressure.

Network pipes can be flushed by a water crew in any areas affected by dirty water, but this will not clear it from the pipes connecting the street mains and houses. Council advises people with dirty water to run an outside tap for 10 to 15 minutes until it clears.

If the problem persists, contact the NCC Customer Service Centre immediately on (06) 835 7579.

We need people to reduce their water use now, in case we need to flush the network because of dirty water issues caused by bringing on an additional water supply bore to maintain water supply flow and pressure.

The cause of the break is still being investigated. Council will know more once access is gained to the water main.

The site of the work also affects northbound traffic on the expressway, and motorists travelling to and from the central city. Traffic management is already in place, and people needing to get to and from Hawke’s Bay Airport are advised they should allow for delays, and possibly diversions.

The routine water mains cleaning scheduled for this week has been postponed and will take place at a later date.

8 July 2019

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