Wellington Water is back at work on Knights Road, Lower Hutt. A 1.5 kilometre pipeline is being installed from Waterloo to the Hutt River, to ensure a new ultraviolet treatment system will be good to go before peak summer demand for drinking water.
Wellington Water’s acting Group Manager for Network Development and Delivery, Ian McSherry, says the pipe is a critical part of the new treatment technology to ensure safe water continues to be delivered to homes and businesses in Lower Hutt.
Mr McSherry acknowledged that residents and road users would be frustrated by yet more work on this major thoroughfare. “We are really sorry for the inconvenience. Fortunately in most cases we’ll be able to keep two way traffic flow as we go, but there will inevitably be delays.”
Trenches and other construction work will affect travel times along Knights Road and Cornwall Street for most of September. The pipeline will lead to the Hutt River through Kings Crescent and Queens Drive, and is scheduled to be completed in December.
“We are putting a lot of effort in to keep everyone up-to-date with the phases of work,” Mr McSherry said. “And we’re using two to three times the typical construction effort to complete this work as fast as we can.”
The new pipeline will divert water away from the UV treatment units at Waterloo Treatment plant when necessary.
Construction schedule, and questions and answers available here: Pipeline for ultraviolet treatment at Waterloo