Why the Town Belt?

Prince of Wales Park was selected as the reservoir site after an extensive process for economic, environmental, social, availability and cultural factors. All other options were also located in the Town Belt because the reservoir’s top water level must be high enough to maintain adequate water pressure to users.

How will it affect the Town Belt?

The Omāroro reservoir will be buried to match the existing landform as closely as practical and replanted and rehabilitated in keeping with the local ecology so there will be little or no long-term visual impact.

Access to the site will be restricted during construction and paths through the upper section of the park will also be out of action. However, detour walking routes will be available so people will still be able to get to and from work or school or enjoy a walk through the park.

What about the Wallace Street pipeline works?

Traffic flows, parking and pedestrian access will be affected by works to lay the pipes along Wallace Street connecting Omāroro reservoir to the network – as well as renewing wastewater and stormwater pipes.

Traffic management will be in place throughout the works, but we ask for patience and an understanding that Omāroro is a critical part of helping provide our city with a more secure water supply.

How long with the project take?

The project is set for completion by mid 2022, which will include the replanting and rehabilitation of the Prince of Wales site. Following that will be a five year period of restoration and rehabilitation maintenance to ensure the site if fully restored and enhanced in keeping with the community's vision.


Where is the project at now?

Initial work has started on the pipeline corridor that will run along Wallace Street and connect the city network to the reservoir. At this stage the works are focused on Hargreaves Street, so will not disrupt traffic along Wallace Street. However, once work commences in this area, unfortunately there will be disruptions to traffic along this main arterial route. Work is anticipated to start the week following Queen's Birthday weekend, 3 June. Traffic management will be in place and we ask for patience and understanding as we complete this critical piece of work building the resilience of our city.

Meanwhile detailed design of the reservoir is to be completed by the end of May and construction will start in March 2020.