Water is our number one priority. We are working on a range of water projects, which will help with Napier's drinking water, stormwater and wastewater. This page is where you can find the most up to date project information and track how we are getting on. Water, we're on it.
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An exploratory bore started to be drilled at Sandy Road, Meeanee towards the end of May 2020.The site has shown potential as a water source with low manganese levels. Napier’s two main bores that source much of the city’s water have higher manganese levels, replacing these with new low manganese bores has the potential to improve water clarity for affected Napier residents. When the drilling and water tests are completed the results will be analysed to determine if the manganese levels are low enough before a decision is made to drill a full working bore.
The Tamatea and Parklands suburbs, which have had more dirty water incidents than other parts of Napier, are going to be ‘ring-fenced’ off from the rest of the drinking water network. They will then be supplied with lower manganese water from the Taradale bores. Three of our teams are working on this project. Procurement of materials has started and construction dates are being finalised.
A review is underway involving a range of local and international consultants to look at two main options for our community.
1. Continuing with Chlorine free and upgrading our network, maintenance practices, risk management and monitoring etc with chlorine disinfection. Called “Status Quo Plus”
2. Providing a safe water supply without chlorine.
A leak in the outfall was discovered in 2018, 700m offshore at a point where the pipe was joined, followed by another closer to shore in April 2020. Since then, Council has monitored the environment, planned repairs to be undertaken by a specialist dive team, and applied for a variation to the existing wastewater discharge consent to enable an ongoing discharge at the 700m mark until the leak is fully repaired or the outfall is replaced.
A second de-chlorinated water station has opened on Marine Parade, next to the National Aquarium of New Zealand. The first station providing filtered water was installed at Anderson Park, Greenmeadows, last year. Napier City Council agreed to provide the community with two de-chlorinated water stations when the Long Term Plan 2018-28 was adopted in June 2018. Project complete.
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