More than 320 people took the chance for a close-up look at our ageing Huia Water Treatment Plant over the weekend and to talk to staff about options to replace the facility.
Tours left every 30 minutes and went non-stop both days over seven hours. Guides passed on historical information, explained how the plant operated and about the water treatment process itself. We have identified three site options for the new facility: Manuka Road, Waimea plus two adjacent blocks of land in Parker Road Oratia.
“The tours lasted around an hour, so visitors had plenty of time to ask staff detailed questions,” says Watercare’s water supply manager Priyan Perera.
“Most people have never seen a water treatment facility before, so it was important the public saw how quiet the plant is and how little impact the operation has on the environment and surrounding neighbours.”
The Huia plant is heavily screened by native trees and bush and many of the visitors were locals, who had lived in the area for many years and were curious about what went on out of sight. A good number also came from Oratia.
We held the open days as part of our community consultation process. Anyone who was unable to attend still has the opportunity to ask questions, by emailing staff directly. Click here for more detailed information, including a Q and A document, which is regularly updated.
There is still time to ask further questions or make submissions. We expect to announce a decision on which option has been chosen in the middle of the year.