In 2022, a new and far more resilient polyethylene (PE) water main was laid down the entire length of Conns Creek Road commencing at the intersection of Neighbours Street to the existing historic rock wall at the end of Conns Creek Road. This replaces the very fragile existing PVC pipeline.
Pressure testing of the completed 1.4km of PE main within the unsealed Conns Creek Road is due to be complete in November/December 2022.
There is a history of the old PVC pipe failing due to its thin, brittle nature, pressure within the line, and its age. The new PE main is designed to significantly improve the reliability of the system.
The Conns Creek Road site is also of significant heritage value and contractors are working closely with archaeologists while replacing the pipe.
Conns Creek Road is managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) who are working with Buller District Council to facilitate progress on the project.