Work on new $26 million wastewater pump station progresses well during lockdown


Contractors are making good progress on building a major new $26 million wastewater pump station in Lucy Moore Memorial Park.

Two walkways leading past the construction site have been closed off to ensure public safety, whilst the work takes place. New signage has also appeared on fences. Site preparation has concluded and now construction is focussing on building a ‘caisson shoe’ —or box-like structure to create the 11.2 metre-deep wet and dry chambers in the pump station, ahead of the first major concrete pour in February next year.

Project manager Dirk du Plessis is asking the public to be aware of increased traffic as contractor, McConnell Dowell ramps up construction activity: “We are very pleased to see that works are well underway. We’re aware the warm weather is bringing people outside and we’d like to remind them to stay alert and take notice of extra truck movements in coming months”.

The new pump station is the first in a series of projects that will cater for growth and improve water quality in the Mahurangi River.

It will be followed by a new five-kilometre transfer pipeline and a new wastewater treatment plant in Snells/Algies Bay —which are both starting next year.