Tuesday, 25 February 2020


Upgrades begin at district's water facilities

Work has started to upgrade the ten water treatment facilities across the Thames-Coromandel district.

The upgrades will ensure that drinking water quality complies with the 2005 (2008) NZ Drinking Water standards. For more information on compliance with the government’s new testing regime see here.

The Thames Coromandel District Council continues to be proactive about what needs to be done to keep improving the quality of people's drinking water supplies, and has budgeted $15.83 million in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan for the upgrade programme, which will take three years through to June 2021.

The Mayor Sandra Goudie says this is a significant investment to become compliant and so our communities benefit from improved quality of drinking water and public health.

The first area to be upgraded is the Whitianga water treatment plant, where Mason Engineering is building a new $2.4 million water treatment facility on the current site. Site works are now underway. 

The upgrade schedule will continue to the water treatment facilities at Tairua and Pauanui over the next year. Whangamata and Onemana will be completed in year two, followed by Matarangi, Coromandel Town, Hahei and Thames.

Five of the drinking water plants, which treat river-supplied water, will use membrane filtration technology, the highest-quality treatment available for this type of water source. The Memcor brand membranes are being supplied by Evoqua Water Technologies. The other five drinking water plants will use filter/cartridge system for treating bore-supplied water.

You can stay updated on progress on this project page on the website here


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