Drinking water standards upgrade


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.

Photo above: 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 in August 2020.

We're upgrading almost all our water treatment plants, essentially building new ones with state of the art filtration and treatment systems, in our drinking water standards project - Tautiaki Wai Māori. 

The Tairua, Pauanui, Whitianga, Coromandel Town and Whangamatā (Beverley Hills and Wentworth Valley) plants have been completed.

The programme for the remaining seven water treatment plant upgrades will be completed by 2023/24 and has been included in the 2021 – 2031 Long Term Plan. An additional water treatment plant will be built in the Puriri area and is expected to be completed in 2024/25.

Next steps:

  • Moana Point (Whangamatā) –Enabling works have been completed and the building consent application has been submitted.
  • Onemana Building consent has been completed and construction is expected to begin in late June 2022. 
  • Hahei –Site location is confirmed and a detailed design is underway. Construction is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2023. 

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

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.