Te Awamutu water supply improvements
Over the next decade, we're making major investments into core infrastructure like water. This has been strongly signalled in recent 10-Year Plans.
To improve the district's infrastructure, we're connecting the Te Awamutu water scheme to the Pukerimu scheme (which services rural households between Te Awamutu and Cambridge, Hamilton Airport, Ohaupo and Mystery Creek).
Mid-May 2020 update
We are now halfway through the final pressure testing stage with the road being reinstated between Silverwood Lane/Lamb Street and the taxidermist. Pressure testing of the pipeline section between the taxidermist and the Monavale Homestead/Capernwray will start on Thursday 21 May. Once this section passes, the permanent road seal will be applied and the detour lifted.
May 2020 update
Work has recommenced on stage 1 of the programme with Fibre Networks reinstating the road detour to undertake the final pressure testing of the new pipe. Once this test has been passed, the road will have a permanent seal applied and the road detour will be removed.
Work continues on the Kaipaki Road/Cambridge Road connection to join the two pipes. The majority of this work will take place outside of the road corridor, however traffic management will be in place at times.
Stage 2 of the pipeline project has also restarted with work continuing to install the pipe between Parallel Road Treatment Plant and Taylors Hill reservoir.
March - April 2020 update
A temporary road seal has been put in place so the road detour can be removed while the pipeline project is on hold during the Covid-19 Alert Level Four restrictions.
Feb 2020 update
Stage 1 programme update: Cambridge Road works have had a flurry of activity, with excellent progress being made. Fibre Networks are currently drilling the final drill-shot for the last bulk main section along this road. Following this, the pipe will be connected with Kaipaki Road’s pipeline – this majority of these works will take place outside the road corridor and stop/go traffic management will be in place.
We expect the road detour to be lifted by end of March. We would like to say a huge thank you to our residents and commuters for their patience and understanding while this major infrastructure project has taken place.
Stage 2 programme update: Progress is tracking well with the majority of pipe work taking place in private farmland.
January 2020 update
Work has resumed along Cambridge Road in early January with good progress to date. Contractors have now laid pipe along 1.2km of the 2km section. The road detour has resumed and is expected to be lifted at the end of April 2020 to coincide with the completion of the Stage 1 programme.
In the Stage 2 programme, earthworks are taking place along Wallace Road and Turkington Road and contractors are making excellent progress.
December 2019 update
The active work site has moved along Cambridge Road following the unscheduled delay at the Parallel Road corner. The issue on an existing water pipe has been remedied and the project team are happy to be moving further down to complete the work programme.
Unfortunately this, coupled with slow progress to date, has resulted in an additional 10-12 weeks to our scheduled work programme. We are working hard to make up this time, keeping in mind that the infrastructure will be in place for approximately 100 years so we need to ensure it is installed correctly at every step of the way.
Project works will halt over the holiday season, Friday 20 December 2019 to Monday 6 January 2020 and the road will be reinstated as normal for all traffic.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our local residents who are also required to use the detour to access their properties. Your patience and understanding of this major project is greatly appreciated by everyone at Waipā District Council and we wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
November 2019 update
Fibre Networks have discovered the large concrete thrust block on the existing water pipe at the Parallel Rd corner is interfering with the connection of two new bulk water mains on Cambridge and Parallel Rds.
The thrust block had been enlarged over time in order to provide sufficient reinforcing for the pipe to cope with increased pressure due to population growth, and was larger than anticipated. In order to complete the connection, Fibre Networks are repositioning the pipe without interrupting water supply to Pukerimu residents. Once this work has been completed, they will be moving further down Cambridge Road to resume the scheduled work programme.
A reminder that businesses along the detoured road are still open to the public and are happy to receive your custom.
October 2019 update
Works on the Kaipaki Road section are being finalised with final touches being put in place. A huge thank you to all residents and commuters for your patience during the resulting traffic delays.
Over the next few years, we will be completing an essential upgrade of the Parallel Road Treatment Plant to connect the Te Awamutu Scheme to the Pukerimu Scheme with a new trunk main. This is great for the whole district as it will provide improved network resilience.
There are three stages to this project:
- Pukerimu to Parallel Road water treatment plant pipeline
- Parallel Road water treatment plant to Taylors Hill reservoir pipeline
- Parallel Road water treatment plant upgrade
Pukerimu to Parallel Road
This involves connecting Pukerimu Scheme to Parallel Road Water Treatment Plant with a new bulk water main. We're installing more than 6km of new pipeline along the following roads which may cause some traffic disruption at times.
- Kaipaki Road to Cambridge Road: Completed
- Parallel Road Treatment Plant to Cambridge Road: Completed
- Cambridge Road to Parallel Road: underway Sept 2019 – May 2020 (project interrupted by Covid-19 restrictions)
Te Awamutu-bound traffic will be detoured down Lamb Street, Roto O Rangi and McLarnon roads, Monday to Friday only between 7am to 6pm. Please expect delays.
During weekends and on weekdays between 6pm and 7am, Cambridge Road will return to normal but will operate under traffic light management. Please expect delays. Works will not be undertaken during the Christmas/New Year period (21 December 2019 -6 January 2020).
Parallel Road to Taylors Hill Reservoir
This involves installing a new bulk water main between Parallel Road Water Treatment Plant and Taylors Hill Reservoir. We're installing more than 16km of pipes, quality testing, commissioning and reinstating the services. Some interruptions can be expected while works are taking place.
The following roads will be affected:
- Parallel Road: underway June 2019 - Aug 2020
- Turkington Road: planned Feb – Aug 2020
- Wallace Road: underway Sep 2019 - Aug 2020 (not continuous)
- Wallace Road to Muir Road: planned March - May 2020 (greenfield works)
- Muir Road to Taylors Ave: planned April - Aug 2020
- Bond Road: completed
- Moxham Road: underway Nov 2019 – Jan 2020
- Greenfield works: underway Aug 2019 – Aug 2020
- Ohaupo Road: planned April – May 2020
- Greenhill Drive: planned end-April – May 2020
- Te Rahu Road: planned mid-April – June 2020
Taylors Hill Reservoir: planned end November 2020
Parallel Road Water Treatment Plant Upgrade
The upgrade works will take place on site and involve building a new modern plant to treat water to modern environmental standards. This is the final step in completing Te Awamutu's upgraded water supply and will include increasing capacity at the treatment plant to cope with future demand.
In Te Awamutu, we have an issue with supply. We simply don't have enough water to supply the town with the water it needs, and we can't cater for projected growth with the current water sources. This is because Te Awamutu currently sources water from the Mangauika Stream on Mt Pirongia. Under our resource consent with the Waikato Regional Council, we're restricted as to how much water we can take from that stream.
Connecting the Te Awamutu and Pukerimu schemes will mean Te Awamutu is no longer just reliant on the Maungauika stream and Frontier Road bore for water. It will do a lot towards resolving the issue of water supply for Te Awamutu. It also means the wider Waipā district will have a back-up water supply across all water schemes. Overall, this project and the upgrade of the Parallel Road treatment plant will make the Waipā district’s total water supply far more resilient.
The Pukerimu scheme sources water from the Waikato River and currently provides treated water to rural households between Cambridge and Te Awamutu, the Hamilton Airport, Mystery Creek and Ohaupo.
Connecting the Te Awamutu and Pukerimu schemes will address a number of issues. The population of Waipā is growing and with it, we must be able to supply everyone with water which means we need the infrastructure in place to do so.