Omāroro reservoir pipelines update

Published 19/07/2019

Here's a look at the works at the corner of Hargreaves and Wrights Street - all on schedule as part of installing the large pipes and valves that will connect the reservoir to the existing water networks.

Where we’re at

While the pipeline work is being done, we’re taking the opportunity to renew local drinking water, storm water and wastewater pipes as well. Some phone, fibre and electricity cables are also being relocated.

To date the main impact of the work has been on Hargreaves Street residents.  This will continue until November.  The work is disruptive and we are continuing to work closely with residents on parking and access issues.

So far fibre cables near the intersection of Wright and Hargreaves Streets have been moved to make room for new pipework, and we’re on track to complete residential connections to the new pipes on Hargreaves Street by the end of the month. 

Changes to vehicle access

We’re now working on an underground chamber at the corner of Wright and Hargreaves Streets.  This will house valves that will ensure we can maintain water supply to homes in the event of future service issues.  We’ve had to close the intersection to all vehicles to do this work.

This means vehicles are able to access Wright Street only via Hutchison Street, and Hargreaves Street only via Wallace Street.  Signs on Hutchison and Wallace Streets are informing drivers of these restrictions.

Full pedestrian access will continue to be available to and from all streets at all times. Cyclists and scooter users will be able to use the pedestrian walkways to get around the chamber site.

Coming in August

From Monday 5 August we’ll start digging up roads to put new water mains along Hargreaves Street and upgrade local mains on Wallace Street.

Working on roads is very dangerous for people, and traffic management is a key part of reducing this risk.  We’ll be using Stop/Go management to protect workers and the public as we move along Wallace Street.  Please follow the directions of our traffic management team and take care around construction sites as there may be uneven surfaces.

Buses will be given priority at Stop/Go points to minimise the impact on bus schedules, and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Possible water service disruptions

While the pipelines work is under way, water supply to residents' homes may need to be turned off from time to time to allow connections to be made. Shutdowns will be for a maximum of four hours at a time and residents will receive 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut down (unless it’s an emergency situation). We will work with individual residents to meet any particular needs you have.

Community Reference Group

A Community Reference Group, made up of local residents with an independent chair, was formed earlier in the year to provide input into the reservoir project. Find out more here.

Public meeting

We have had several public meetings about the reservoir and its construction. Our next meeting is planned for 6.00pm on Thursday 15 August. We will confirm the venue and details of the meeting through a letterbox drop and online channels nearer the time.

We will continue to do everything we can to minimise the impact of the work, and appreciate everyone's cooperation and patience to help us get the job done as quickly as possible.

We are keen to hear about any issues arising from this work on your individual circumstances. If you have any queries or concerns about how the work will affect you, please contact Suzanne Pollard  – or 027 607 2498.