Our team and Kāinga Ora
– Homes and Communities continue to make progress in our combined plan to prepare Mt Roskill for future development, with the first two of seven planned infrastructure projects on track to be completed next year.
The two infrastructure projects are a new booster pump station next to the Akarana Golf Course and a 5.7km pipeline that extends from the pump station out to the Mt Roskill community.
The booster pump station will be completed early next year, with the completion of the pipeline scheduled for later in the year.
Both projects are part of a $400 million government-funded shovel-ready programme of works that will see major water and wastewater infrastructure investment carried out in Mt Roskill over the next 15 years.
We and Kāinga Ora have teamed up with Fulton Hogan to complete the works.
Our project manager Peter Kukulsky says the booster pump station and pipeline are critical for enabling planned growth and maintaining a resilient water supply for current residents and businesses in the area.
"Combined with future projects, the infrastructure we and Kāinga Ora are building together will ensure that greater population growth can occur without affecting the safe and reliable water supply residents now experience."
Kukulsky says the new booster pump station – which now has all its steel framing and roof almost in place - will replace the Hillsborough pump station once it is in service.
“Once in service, the pump station will be able pump up to 200 litres of water per second into the network, roughly doubling the amount of water available to the community.
"The new pipeline will have more capacity to transport larger volumes of water from the pump station to nearby homes and businesses.”
Kukulsky says every opportunity is being taken to reduce carbon emissions on the project to help Watercare reach its built carbon emissions reduction target of 40 per cent by 2025.
“For instance, recycling 80 per cent of the asphalt excavated during the construction of the new pipeline will help reduce 20 per cent of built carbon emissions going into the atmosphere – roughly 73 tonnes of carbon.
"We also estimate the solar-powered cabins we're using at our yard will help to reduce our carbon emissions by a further 6.5 tonnes per year.”
Kukulsky says with both works now in full swing, commuters and residents can expect to experience some traffic disruptions.
"Construction work may cause traffic and noise, but we're making every effort to minimise disruption and keep noise levels within guidelines set by Auckland Council.
"As we are now open trenching on Richardson Road East and West, these roads are reduced to one-way, so please follow the detours and allow more time for travel.
"Trenching work may restrict resident vehicle access temporarily within the working area. Traffic controllers are on hand to advise when you can get past."