New reservoir valve to boost resilience
A new control valve is being installed at the Titoki Ave reservoir in Taupo to ensure the water supply can be isolated promptly in the event of a major pipeline failure.
The valve is designed to restrict supply when a major flow surge is detected. Infrastructure manager Denis Lewis said it is one of a number of valves that have been installed in the district to improve resilience of the water supply system.
“The valves are an added safeguard for our water supply and are particularly useful given the amount of seismic activity that can contribute to watermain failures on our network,” he said.
“The valves will reduce the large loss of water volume from our reservoirs, and corresponding damage that can occur, during major or multiple watermain failures.”
The project was funded as part of the 2018-28 Long-term plan process.
“We will be installing the valve on Tuesday July 21, and while this work is underway residents in the Taupo South area (see map below) may experience lower pressure than normal, as well as greater fluctuations in their water pressure,” he said.