Water infrastructure strategy

​​​Making sure we have the right water supply infrastructure in place is one of the biggest challenges facing the Waipa district over the next 10 – 30 years.


Waipa’s population is growing, and will continue to grow for some time. Towns and industrial areas have outgrown their water supplies and some infrastructure has reached the end of its useful life.  

We are now required to meet more stringent rules around water, including rules to protect the environment. As part of the 2015-25 10-Year Plan, the Council agreed to spend more than $200 million on Waipa’s water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure over the next decade.  ​

Progress so far

  • Multiple renewals of water and waste water pipes 
  • Completion of a new water storage reservoir at Te Awamutu
  • Sourcing new water for Te Awamutu via a bore on Frontier Road

Key milestones to come

  • Upgrading the Karapiro treatment plan and doing work on the main pipeline

  • Potentially upgrading the Parallel Road treatment plan and connecting the Te Awamutu scheme to the Pukerimu scheme with a new trunk main

  • Further investigating a stand-alone scheme for Te Awamutu to source more water for the town

  • Installing water meters in those parts of the district that don’t already have them

Completion date

Ongoing. Waipa's water strategy involves a range of work to be undertaken between 2015 - 2045.


More than $200 million on water, wastewater and stormwater to be spent between 2015-2025.

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Page reviewed: 17 May 2018 11:03am