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Water treatment plant for Whatatutu

7 Apr 2017

Water treatment plant for Whatatutu

The opening and blessing of the newly constructed water treatment plant at Whatatutu was held this morning.

The upgrade to the township's bore water supply means households can receive 100% treated and safe drinking water and more water available.

Kaumatua Eru (Buddy) Smith held a prayer and blessing supported by Charlie Pera and Richard Heikell of Mangatu Blocks, students of Te Kura o Whatatutu and members of the community.

Council projects engineer Mike Yukich thanked the community for their support saying the project could not have gone ahead without the backing of residents and landowners.

“We've been privileged to work with you on this project, we hope this asset serves the community well and supports the wellbeing of people with cleaner, safer and more reliable water.”

“We wish to thank the support of Mangatu Blocks, they provided the land and easement for the plant and Ministry of Health with $386,000 subsidy towards the $472,000 contract.”

The plant, housed inside a 40ft container building with an additional 22,500 litre water storage tank, draws water from a bore beside Mangatu River, which is otherwise high in sediment and minerals.

The filtration and UV treatment of the water now meets 100% New Zealand Drinking Water Standards.

Mr Yukich was appreciative and thought it fitting the local people and kaumatua Buddy Smith led today’s event. Mr Smith recalled opening the original bore supply in 1972 as a councillor of Waikohu County Council at the time.