Glenbrook watermain replacement

We are replacing the temporary pipe to provide a resilient long-term water supply.

Start-finish: April – October 2024
Location: Wharf Road, Waitete Pā and 77 Tahuna Minhinnick Drive, Kahawai Point, Glenbrook Beach
Status: Construction
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Glenbrook Beach community open day

Why is the project needed?

The project relates to replacing the damaged 200mm network watermain crossing the Taihiki Estuary between Waiau Pa and Glenbrook Beach and improving network resilience for the region’s water and wastewater supply. The watermain is the sole conveyance of supply to Glenbrook Beach, and without it, the community relies on water being transported to the reservoir in tankers.
The water pipeline, which was anchored onto the seabed was subject to significant tidal influence and had multiple leaks relating to holes and damaged joints over the last few years.
Several options for the alignment and methodology were considered as the original alignment was unable to be constructed due to erosion of the cliff face on the Clarks Beach side.

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) was identified to be the preferred option over anchoring to the seabed.

Key benefits include:
  • Reduced impact on the environment

  • Ease of operational and maintenance requirements

  • Better health and safety outcomes

What's happening?

Our construction partner, CDS, will be starting work in April, and we estimate the project will be completed by approximately end of October 2024. A drill rig will be situated on the reserve at 77 Tahuna Minhinnick Drive, Glenbrook Beach. First, a deep 300mm hole will be drilled under the Taihiki River appearing at Wharf Road at Waitete Pa. A pipe, which has been assembled on this side will then be pulled back through the cavity towards Glenbrook Beach. This will then be connected to the existing infrastructure to provide a permanent long-term water supply.

Glenbrook Beach Reserve

June update: week commencing 10 June

Work to pull the first pipe through was completed last week. This marks a huge milestone for the project. The team is now setting up and preparing for the second pilot hole which will be taking place on both sides of the river on Wednesday 12 June.
The community open day is this Saturday from 10am-midday at the Glenbrook Beach site. The 15-minute tour will enable residents to view the equipment being used for this complex work and speak with the contractors. Please register your interest to attend by emailing [email protected]

How will this work affect you?

  • Working hours will be from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.

  • These works will generate some noise, however levels will be kept to a minimum and in accordance with Auckland Council and consent requirements.

  • Traffic management will direct traffic around the works particularly when large trucks are travelling to site.

  • The reserve on the Glenbrook Beach side will be fenced off, however, the path will remain open.

  • During the work, temporary footpaths and road surfaces may not match existing pavements. Please be assured that any temporary surfaces will be returned to their original condition or better by the end of the project.

Any questions?

Should you have any questions, please contact CDS Project Manager Marc Carmody on 021 902 164 or email [email protected].