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Secondary water source for Kaikohe on track for summer

A new 120-metre-deep bore that can supply up to 350 cubic metres of water a day will be available this summer if Kaikohe's main water source, the Wairoro Stream, runs low.

A secondary water source for Kaikohe residents and businesses is due to be up and running in time for summer with work almost complete on a second Tokareireia (Monument Hill) water bore.

The new bore extends deeper into the aquifer enabling it to access water well below existing bores at Monument Hill. The new 120-metre-deep bore can supply up to 350 cubic metres of water a day but will only be used if Kaikohe’s main water source, the Wairoro Stream, is running low.

Water pressure testing on the main water line for the new bore was completed in September with bore headworks and upgrades to the water treatment plant also launched. This work is expected to be completed by the end of October. Electricity supply upgrades to the treatment plant are due to start late October, with commissioning of the bore and final treatment testing planned for November 2022.

Northland Regional Council granted consent for the project in March 2022 and construction began in May. This included extra monitoring conditions agreed to with the Waikotihe Trust. Iwi input and approval was a key part of the project which has a budget of $1.18 million.

Water shortages in Kaikohe were acute during the summer of 2019/20 following record low rainfall in 2019. For more information visit our webpage outlining the project.

 

Photos – Physical works have included installing a pump, laying a trenched pipe to connect the bore to the Monument Hill Water Treatment Plant, connecting electricity and fibre, as well as creating an access road.

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