Ecologists, heritage architects and traffic engineers were amongst the Watercare experts fronting up to locals at drop-in sessions in Titirangi to provide updates on plans to replace the aging Huia Water Treatment Plant.
Around 45 residents attended the first session at Lopdell House on 1 March with double the number attended the second night (5 March).
A selection of Watercare staff from operations, the planning and stakeholder liaison teams were on-hand to answer questions on all aspects of the proposed plant and how it might impact on local residents, as well as vegetation.
Posters decorated the walls, showing sketch impressions of the new plant, aerial maps and proposed colour palettes. Feed-back forms and information packs were provided for visitors to take away.
The new treatment plant is designed to give Aucklanders A-a grade (top quality) water over the next 100 years. Some residents were concerned about the impact on vegetation caused by construction and the effects of kauri dieback.
Local board stakeholder liaison manager, Brent Evans says: “I think it’s been really good. It’s great to hear from the local community and we’ve had some really constructive feedback. Obviously some people have quite impassioned views and we respect that but it’s been good to come out into the community and share some of this material.”
Information was also presented at the drop-in sessions on possible opportunities for mitigation to offset some of the impacts form the development of the plant. Some good feedback was received form the public and this will now be considered as part of further discussions in preparation for resource consent applications.
An outline plan of works will be submitted and an application for resource consents lodged mid-year.
Open day March 2018 materials:
Welcome to open day March 2018
Water treatment plant components sketch
Concept design features and colour treatment
Commonly asked questions and answers from the community open days (March 2018)
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