Work to begin on wastewater upgrade

05 December 2017
Waipa District Council

Waipa District Council is starting work on an eight-month project to upgrade Cambridge’s wastewater infrastructure.

Wastewater from residential properties north of the Waikato River is piped across the river to Council’s treatment plant on the Leamington side of town. This pipe is 450mm in diameter and is not big enough to cater for present and projected future growth in Cambridge.

Work starts in January to upgrade the existing pipe and replace the pipe bridge. Work includes increasing the size of the main pipe, replacing the pipe bridge and stabilising the foundations and river bank to bring the whole structure up to modern standards, including earthquake resistant.

Group manager service delivery Barry Bergin said with 7,000 more people expected in Cambridge over the next 10 years, the project was a priority for Council.

“It’s a big project but it’s essential to cater for growth and future-proof our services. We need to be prepared for a greater demand on our infrastructure.”

During the project there will be a diversion in place for the Te Awa Cycleway near the Gaslight Theatre, this will be clearly signposted. Access to the Gaslight Theatre and Riding for the Disabled will be maintained at all times.

“Signage will direct people using the Te Awa cycleway towards Resthaven and Cambridge Community Garden carpark off Vogel Street, from there cyclists can join onto the existing cycleway” Bergin says.

Work will be done from Monday to Friday, 7am-sunset and on some Saturdays from 8am-4pm. No work will be undertaken on Sundays. 

The project has a tendered cost of $7.7million and is being completed by Fulton Hogan.

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For more information, contact: Nicole Nooyen, 027 807 3478