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Te Mārua Water Treatment Plant Capacity Upgrade

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On behalf of Greater Wellington Regional Council, we are upgrading the Te Mārua water treatment plant to ensure reliable and healthy drinking water for the residents of the Greater Wellington Region.

Start Date
13/02/2023
End Date
3/03/2025
Contact:

If you have any questions about this work, please contact:

Wellington Water, 04 912 4400

Latest Updates

21 May 2024

We've had another productive month, hitting some key milestones on this programme of work - check out our latest time lapse footage.

16 April 2024

A key part of the capacity upgrade is installing a Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) plant - check out our latest timelapse footage showing progress on the DAF over the last month.

13 March 2024

We've continued to make great progress over the Summer - check out out latest time lapse footage.

Works are underway on the component upgrades, on track for completion in May 2025. 

Why are we doing this work?

The Te Mārua water treatment plant is a critical infrastructure asset to Wellington region. It currently provides up to 80 million litres of drinking water per day (MLD), at an average of 60 MLD - approximately 45% of the Wellington region’s 135 MLD drinking water demand.

The plant is designed for a maximum plant flow of 140 MLD, however is currently limited to 80MLD under specific raw (untreated) water conditions. 

Recent population growth forecasts and water consumption data indicate that over the next two years the risk of water supply restrictions to customers could increase significantly.

We are optimising the treatment capacity of the Te Mārua plant to achieve the 140 MLD target of safe drinking water under projected, future raw water conditions.

These upgrades will allow the plant to provide a larger amount of water to meet the needs of the region, while also improving the plant’s ability to remove algae, sediment, and odour from the water.

What does the upgrade involve?

A key part of the capacity upgrade is installing a Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) plant. This technology involves using air bubble flotation to remove suspended solids, oils, and other contaminants from raw water. The DAF is manufactured by Canadian company AWC Process Solutions, a word-leader in these systems.

Enabling works for the project kick off in February 2023 followed by a range of initial component upgrades including a new lime silo and CO2 tank.

Installing the DAF plant is expected to start late 2023 or early 2024 with the goal of commissioning the plant in October 2024.

The upgrades will be planned and executed without compromising drinking water supply and quality from the plant.

All Updates

21 May 2024

Over the last month we've made great progress on the tank wall structure for the new Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) plant - a key part of the capacity upgrade that will add 60 million litres of drinking water per day to the water treatment plant's capacity. 

Plenty of other activities have been underway too including fitting the inlet and outlet pipes that will connect the existing plant and the new DAF, installing both centrifuges ( a device used to separate components from a mixture)  for the sludge dewatering system and planning for the installation of the second CO₂ bulk storage vessel.

View a snapshot of progress over the last month, focusing on DAF wall construction in the latest time lapse footage here

 

16 April 2024

In this time lapse footage you can see great progress being made building the new DAF over April. 

DAF technology involves using air bubble flotation to remove suspended solids, oils, and other contaminants from raw water. 

The DAF will be commissioned (put into operation) in three stages, each adding adding 20 million litres of drinking water per day to the water treatment plant's capacity.  The team is on track to commissioning the first stage in November this year, 

There is plenty of progress in other areas of the upgrade including completing the new lime silo generator and finishing work converting the flouride room into a mechanical workshop.

Great progress is also being made on the new sludge dewatering package. The upgrades is this package will allow the system to handle the additional sludge resulting from the DAF system. Currently the team are ion track to commissioning the new package in June this year.

In fact, the team have been able to improve sludge dewatering efficiency, reducing the amount of sludge being produced, thus
sending less tonnage to landfill. As landfill costs continue to rise across the region this is a great outcome for budgets and a great environmental win as well. 

13 March 2024

We've continued to make great progress over the Summer as we head towards completion in May 2025.

Some key milestones include construction now well underway on the new Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) plant. Check out the time lapse footage  of work during February showing construction of the wall structures.


The new caustic soda tank has been installed and improvements to the storage room are being completed.

We're also pleased with progress being made on sludge dewatering upgrades that will allow the system to handle the additional sludge resulting from the DAF system. To make the upgrades possible the team have installed a temporary sludge dewatering system allowing the old system to be decommissioned. The new system scheduled to be commissioned and operational in June 2024.

Meanwhile during March, the team will be focused on continuing work to reinforce the walls of the DAF and planning for its commissioning.

We are also expecting to complete the lime silo generator exhaust works during March and commission the caustic soda tank.

 

20 October 2023
  • We’ve installed and commissioned the replacement CO2 dosing system and bulk storage tank, this system is now in service.
  • The lime silo has been installed on its foundations and will be commissioned later this year.
  • Following the completion of service relocations, the excavation for the new Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) building are nearly complete. The DAF is the primary focus of the project, and when combined with the other system upgrades onsite, will increase the water treatment plant’s capacity by up to 60 ML/d.

These upgrades will increase the treatment capacity of the plant to meet the growing needs of the region, while also improving the plant’s ability to remove algae, sediment, and odour from the water.

 We look forward to providing another update soon on this exciting project.

16 August 2023

Good progress is being made on the new lime silo and the new CO2 dosing system storage tank.

 Later this year, we’re set to start constructing the foundations for a new dissolved air floatation (DAF) unit to increase the output capacity.

27 April 2023

Major enabling works are now underway for the Te Mārua water treatment plant upgrade.

Since February, the focus has been on completing initial works.

Today, we kicked off works to enable major component upgrades with piling for the pad that will eventually hold the new carbon dioxide storage tank.

The piling works will continue for the next week . Then we’ll be ready to commence the piling for the lime silo pad.