Water restrictions eased as major construction gets underway
The temporary fix to the Lake Terrace washout is working well and while residents are asked to continue to be mindful of water use, council’s head of operations Kevin Strongman says doing laundry and showering outside of peak times is now fine.
“We’re still asking people not to take long showers, baths and to run their washing machines between peak usage times. We’ve revised these to 7am - 9am and 5pm - 9pm to give us a little leeway, so doing laundry and showering is fine outside of those times. Keep your showers short though, and if it’s yellow let it mellow,” he said.
Mr Strongman said work was still being done to restore the Nukuhau water supply to full operation, so residents there were being asked to remain vigilant and reduce their water use until further notice.
Heavy machinery is now in place on the Lake Terrace site and work on the replacement water and waste water services is well underway. Mr Strongman said the services will be relocated back from the lake front and work was going on around the clock.
“This is a very big project, with water, wastewater, stormwater and electrical services all having to be factored into the rebuild, as well as a sizeable retaining wall and road and footpath reinstatement. So we want to get this done as soon as possible, but we also want to make sure we do it right. We have one manhole in already and pipes are being laid, and we’re hoping to start boring operations from each end of the site later this week,” he said.