Work on Kerepehi raw water pipe postponed
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Posted February 17, 2020
Media Release: Hauraki District Council
Planned maintenance on the main pipe supplying river water to the Kerepehi Water Treatment Plant, scheduled for Tuesday 18 February, has been postponed.
“To work on the pipe we need to shut down the raw (untreated) water intake from the river for a few hours, and fill our raw water tank to make sure our treated water reservoirs are well topped up before we start,” said Group Manager Engineering Services Adrian de Laborde. “This would give us more than enough reserve to get the job done.”
However, the water services team responded to more than 10 water pipe breaks on the Hauraki Plains over the weekend, and repairs are still ongoing.
Council is experiencing water pipe breaks on a daily basis at the moment.“These breaks appear to be caused by the clay cracking in the dry conditions and taking the pipe with it,” said de Laborde.
Due to the number of water breaks on the weekend, more time is needed to refill the raw water tank before the intake from the river can be shut down.
Once enough treated water is in reserve, the maintenance will be rescheduled.
The priority now is to get on top of the water breaks caused by the extremely dry soil conditions.
The team is working hard to fix all known leaks. If residents spot a leak or are without water, please contact Council on 0800 734 834 or 07 862 8609. Thank you