Buller District Council

Media Release – Reefton water supply upgrade work package – Drop-In sessions

15th July, 2020

The Reefton water supply serves the district’s second largest town and requires significant upgrade work to ensure a safe, compliant drinking water and ‘fit for future’ infrastructure.

In April 2020, Council resolved to accept the recommended upgrade work and has since released a request for tender for the main scope packages including a new rising main, a new falling main, reservoir repairs and network changes.

Separate to the upgrade work tender, Council will receive a report at the July meeting seeking a decision about chlorination.

Reefton is currently on a precautionary boil water notice, which on advice from Canterbury District Health Board, will not be lifted until the system can demonstrate adequate protection against the recontamination of treated water. Chlorination is the only proven and practical way to achieve this throughout the supply.

Safe drinking water compliance and lifting of the precautionary boil water notice will be considered versus the annual plan submissions from the community which overwhelmingly oppose chlorination.

Council’s group manager infrastructure services Mike Duff will be at the Reefton Plunket Rooms on Wednesday 22 July between 10am and 2pm to discuss the project with anyone who wants to call in. The following day, Thursday 23 July, the Mayor will join Mike Duff him also between 10am and 2pm.


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Background: The Reefton water treatment plant serves a small community of around 927 people.  The water is sourced from the Inangahua River flat bore with the water treatment plant located within the Reefton township and feeds by a rising/falling main which is approximately 80 years old to an existing reservoir that sits above the township.


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