Water supply linking Oamaru, Kakanui begins

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Just over 1.3km of pipes have already been laid in a project to link Kakanui with Oamaru’s water supply.

Contractors, Downer Ltd, started on the project from the Oamaru end last week after having been successful with the tender of around $890,000.

A specialist six-man crew from Alexandra is working on the job.

Site supervisor John Smart, of Downer, said things were “chugging along” well.

When completed, Kakanui’s wastewater and water supply mains will be connected with the Oamaru water system.

Waitaki District Council water and wastewater asset manager Martin Pacey said completing the 8km of pipline was expected to take four months.

“It’s to take water to Kakanui from Oamaru that complies with drinking water standards and to take wastewater from the oxidation pond at Kakanui into the Oamaru sewage system.”

Some of the pipes were being laid over private land which Mr Pacey said covered about 4km.

“Negotiation went on with landowners which took time but it was a good result in the end.”

A total of 18 water systems operate in the Waitaki district and Mr Pacey said they were in varying stages of being upgraded. Oamaru’s upgrade was completed in 2006.

“This (Kakanui) is just one of them,” Mr Pacey said.

By CHRIS TOBIN

PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

PIPELINE: Checking the progress of the new pipeline being laid between Oamaru and Kakanui is site supervisor John Smart, of Downer.