Back to work on Omāroro Reservoir Pipelines

Published 30/04/2020

Plans have been approved to restart work on the pipelines under Alert Level 3 conditions with strict measures to protect workers on site, residents and other members of the public. And, even with the five week break for Alert level 4 and the new working arrangements impacting productivity, we are still on track to have Wallace Street open again to through traffic by mid-June.

The plans we have made for working under Alert Level 3 include workers keeping to their “bubbles” on site and strict controls on everyone coming in and out of the worksites.

We're also excited to announce that local artist Sheyne Tuffery has been engaged by Wellington City Council to paint a large mural on the concrete wall at the John Street end of Wallace Street.  He will be completing the mural before the street is re-opened to through traffic.

Meanwhile here is an update on how the work will progress.

Howard Street

Sub-contractors E Carson & Sons will move their site offices to Howard Street next week and work there to complete the installation of the new bulk watermain. That work is expected to take about four weeks.  A lot of this work is noisy and we appreciate that this will be particularly inconvenient for people working from home.  It is necessary, however, to complete this important infrastructure project.

Wallace Street

Sub-contractors G P Friel will be based in Wallace Street, completing the upgrading of local water mains and wastewater pipes.  When connections are made to individual properties residents will have their water supplies cut for up to 30 minutes.  A worker will alert residents as to when this is going to happen – maintaining a two metre distance in doing so!

Work on re-sealing Wallace Street is expected to start mid to late May. It will be done in stages to minimise inconvenience for residents.  The section from Hargreaves Street to Finlay Terrace will be sealed first, maintaining access for Finlay Terrace residents via the John Street end of Wallace Street.  Resealing the section from Finlay Terrace to Howard Street will probably be done in two stages.  We will keep residents informed about the impact of this work.

Finlay Terrace

Brian Perry Civil’s site office will remain at the top end of Finlay Terrace, with three staff working there.  With the other site offices moving from the street, extra car parks will be freed up in Finlay Terrace.

Wright Street diversion

Once Wallace Street has been resealed, the Wright Street diversion will end and road marking and parking arrangements will return to how they were before. The electronic speed signs and other traffic slowing measures will remain in place until the diversion ends.

Omāroro Reservoir

Early May further minor ground investigations will be occurring on the reservoir site and upper field. These hand augers and non-invasive scans are being undertaken by WWL to support refinement of the design.