Kihikihi alternative water supply project
Kihikihi’s water supply currently comes from two bores, located at Hall Street and Church Street within the village. Kihikihi is facing rapid population growth as more people seek to move to Waipā for the great lifestyle, investment, recreational and employment opportunities it provides.
Part of being a responsible Council is making sure the existing water network is secure and resilient to cater for our growing population demands.
Waipā District Council is about to start the Kihikihi Alternative Water Supply pipeline to support our town as it grows, and to create a more resilient supply, rather than having full reliance on the town’s two bores.
The new water supply will bring treated water from the Waikato River through to Kihikihi, where it will supplement the existing supply.
Funding for the project will be provided by the Department of Internal Affairs Water Reform Stimulus package.
What are we doing now?
We've completed aerial surveying via a drone, which will told us where the ground contours are and have prepared detailed designs for the new pipeline. We went out to tender for the new pipeline construction and have appointed Waipa Civil Limited as the successful tenderer.
Waipa Civil will start constructing the new pipeline from Park Road through Golf Road and Flat Road between August and December 2021. Water services are not expected to be interrupted during this time, however we may require temporary pathway closures as we make progress along the route. A safe alternative route will be provided for Te Ara Kihikihi trail users where any closures take place, and residents who are affected by changes to access will be notified directly throughout the pipeline construction.
Where is the new pipeline going?
The pipeline will follow the indicated path below:
What’s the timeframe?
The Kihikihi alternative water supply project is expected to be fully completed and in operation by early-2022.
Residents may expect minor improvements in water pressure and clarity when the new pipeline supplying the village reservoir on Rolleston Street is completed. The two existing bores that also supply the reservoir contain minerals that can contribute to discolouration and sediment in the existing water network so with the new water supply coming from Te Awamutu via the new pipeline to the reservoir, there may be a slight improvement in these issues.
Most of the construction will be undertaken within the road reserve and along Te Ara Kihikihi to help minimise disruption. Affected property owners will be notified directly of any direct impacts on their properties. We do not expect a change to water services during this time, however a small water shutdown may occur in later in the project when the new pipeline is connected.
The new pipeline will be travelling the same route as Te Ara Kihikihi cycle trail and some sections may be affected during the construction period. We will be providing a safe alternate route wherever the cycleway is affected so users can continue to use the trail with minimal disruption.