Drinking water standards upgrade

Work is well underway with our programme to upgrade ten water treatment facilities across our district.


Video: Click to watch - Don't Bug Me! This video looks at the access and presence of pathogens in drinking-water supplies. It is intended for small drinking water supplies like ours.

A Government inquiry was sparked by the 2016 Havelock North gastro outbreak, which was linked to four deaths, and called for a major overhaul of water supplies, including mandatory treatment.

Our Mayor Sandra Goudie (pictured above, left) with Tairua-Pauanui Community Board Chair Warwick Brooks officially opened the new plant on Tairua’s Hinemoa Tce this week. 

Tairua and Whitianga's new water treatment plants have been upgraded, marking an important milestone in our drinking water standards project - Tautiaki Wai Māori. 

This is year two of a three-year project to upgrade 10 water treatment facilities across our district as we keep improving the quality of our drinking water supplies.

The plants have been fitted with the latest technology and methodologies for treating our water including Evoca-supplied membrane units, new filtration, dosing and monitoring equipment.

The installation of the new plant in Pauanui is complete with an official opening to be held Thursday, 10 December at 10am.

Meanwhile, civil works have started on-site for the fourth new plant in Coromandel Town and is expected to be finished in May 2021.

Construction at the Beverley Hills (Whangamata) started in October and we expect this one to be finished in June 2021.

Planning is underway for the remaining upgrades: Wentworth Valley (Whangamata), Moana Point (Whangamata), Onemana, Matarangi and Hahei (in that order).

All of these upgrades will ensure our drinking water quality complies with the current NZ Drinking Water standards.

The drinking water treatment plant at Thames was upgraded more recently than the other plants, and is not due for an upgrade as part of this project.