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‘Brain’ surgery

Need to conserve water during plant upgrade.

Gisborne city and Manutuke residents are being asked to conserve water this month as the council prepares for an essential upgrade to the Waingake Water Treatment Plant.

From June 17 the treatment plant will be turned off for two weeks to enable the replacement of the electrical automation system.

“This is essentially the ‘brain' of the treatment plant and the upgrade is needed to ensure resilience for Gisborne's treated water supply,” said Judith Robertson, team leader for drinking water.”

While the upgrade is done, water will be supplied to the city and Manutuke from the Waipaoa Water Treatment Plant.

“The need to reduce water use during the upgrade work is extremely important as the Waipaoa Water Treatment Plant has limited treatment capacity,” she said.

“City reservoirs will be full prior to the work beginning, however, these levels will deplete rapidly if the rate of demand is more than the Waipaoa plant can produce each day.”

Although the need for water conservation usually decreases over winter, water supply during this time will be much less than what was normally available when the Waingake treatment plant was operating, Ms Robertson said.

“We're asking all residents, industry, businesses and schools to help by limiting water use as much as possible so we can ensure that there is enough clean and safe water for everyone.

“It's important that everyone who is connected to the council water supply is careful with water usage and avoids wastage,” she said.

This means limiting use of high-pressure hoses, water blasting and car washing, and reducing indoor use wherever possible.

“We need a joint effort from our community during this short period of time while essential works are done.”

For more information and updates on the water supply, visit the council's website.

Out of action for two weeks: The Waingake Water Treatment Plant will undergo an essential upgrade for two weeks later this month, with the replacement of the plant's electrical automation system — the 'brain' of the plant. City and Manutuke residents have been asked to conserve water from June 17. Picture by Ben Cowper
The Waingake Water Treatment Plant. Picture by Liam Clayton