Hamilton City Council’s Finance Committee today unanimously approved awarding a $7.7 million contract for the installation of new bulk water main, a crucial part of the Rototuna Reservoir project.
The contract was awarded to West Construction Ltd after a tender process which closed in September.
Potential risks to continuity of water supply to the Rototuna area over summer were raised by Councillors during the meeting, a risk acknowledged by General Manager of City Infrastructure, Chris Allen.
“Without water conservation measures, at peak times over the next two summers there is a real risk that supply may not reach some areas,” Mr Allen said after the meeting.
“We have an action plan for the summer period, and we are confident that our communities will work together to reduce water usage during this peak. There is enough water for everyone, and we expect residents to comply with the water alert levels and restrictions as we enter what is looking like the driest summer for decades.”
Since approval of the business case for the overall Rototuna Reservoir project in February of this year, an operational review of the dynamic growth of the city identified the need to improve pumping capability as well as increased pipe specifications to reduce future maintenance costs.
There are three main parts to the project; the pre-loading of the reservoir site prior to construction, the installation of the bulk main and the construction of the reservoir itself.
Final budgets for the entire project will be known following the detailed design of the reservoir and a tender process.
When completed, the 24-million litre water reservoir will provide essential water storage for a growing Hamilton. Land was purchased, and the necessary planning approvals obtained, for the reservoir site on Kay Road in 2003.
“This is a vital part of our infrastructure to support our rapidly growing city, and we need to ensure the reservoir project is in place to meet this growth – and to meet the requirements we have for storage and fire-fighting ability,” Mr Allen says.
“The need and timing for the project has featured in successive water strategies and the funding has been included in both the existing and proposed 10 Year Plan.”
The project will take three years to complete.
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