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Published 9/11/2022

Building future community resilience in Avalon

Wellington Water has begun a critical five-year project to improve the resilience and capacity of the Avalon wastewater system in Lower Hutt.

This work is expected to reduce the risk of emergency repairs and outages, minimise public health risks, protect the environment and enhance the health of the local Waiwhetu aquifer.

The plan is to address the wastewater system in the entire catchment, rather than pipe by pipe. This involves renewing 3 kilometres of wastewater pipes, along with investigation and evaluation of up to 8 kilometres of pipes.

The Avalon project is part of the Hutt City Council’s ongoing investment and focus on key water infrastructure assets to improve the waterways, environment, and plan for future growth.

Wellington Water Project Manager Francis Leniston says the work will be rolled out in stages on an annual basis through to 2026.

“This way we can provide more realistic timelines and milestones and plan for the least amount of disruption. In this first phase, we will be digging trenches and laying new pipes in Taita Drive.

“We will have traffic management in place to keep the site safe for the public and for our workers.

“This work is critical as it helps protect the public and our environment, so we look forward to the community’s support and co-operation in the coming months,” says Mr Leniston.

Wellington Water and the contractor E Carson & Sons are focused on completing the first phase of work by the end of September and will provide regular updates as the project progresses.

The hours of work are between 7am and 5.30pm, from Monday to Friday with some work on Saturdays if required.

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