Water supply for Hawarden & Waikari - storm damage
Monday July 4th
The Boil Water Notice has now been lifted. Thank you for your patience.
Saturday July 2 - morning.
Yesterday the river flows had abated sufficiently to safely start fixing the pipe. Before work started, the river was moved to flow away from the repair site and remaining water pumped out and a massive amount of shingle moved.
The team has been able to make the repair and water is now flowing from the proper source and the emergency supply turned off. The emergency water source is still throughout the water scheme and in the reservoirs so boiling the water is still required but on Monday that water is expected to have flushed through.
We will notify households when the scheme has fully returned to normal and the notice can be lifted. Evaluating additional network resilience is underway.
A big note of thanks to AGS contracting and On Grade Drainage, as well our special HDC water team. Particularly reacting so quickly when this initially happened to get the emergency source up and running.
Friday June 17 - 3.30pm
Volume restrictions have been lifted.
Friday June 17 - 3pm
Water supply to all properties has been restored.
Given the weather forecast, permanent repairs to the damaged pipe under Bakers Ford are unlikely to begin until late next week.
The team continues to assess the emergency source water quality to determine when the boil water notice can be lifted. The water quality has been improving and routine water testing is confirming this.
The unchlorinated water tap in Waikari has been temporarily switched off.
Tuesday June 14 - 11am
Water has been restored in Waikari and Hawarden, thanks to the emergency water source that has been put in place. The reservoirs are filling up. Please note, the boil water notice is still in place.
Temporary Boil Water Notice has been issued - 8am
Due to the use of an emergency water source, Hurunui District Council has issued this boil water notice to the Hawarden and Waikari Water Supply. Drinking contaminated water has the potential to cause illness, including vomiting and diarrhoea.
With immediate effect all drinking water, including water used for oral hygiene and food preparation should be boiled for at least 1 minute before consumption.
Once the usual source water has been reinstated, those affected will be notified and this boil water notice will be lifted.
The Drinking Water Regulator, Taumata Arowai has been advised of this notice.
* Subsiding river levels overnight caused further erosion, subsequently damaging the main supply pipe on the section between Bakers Ford and Hawarden and Waikari townships.
Staff are carrying out onsite repairs, and the emergency water supplies into the townships are being restored.
While close monitoring of the water quality is carried out, the boil water notices will remain in place.
There are potable water tankers outside the 4 Square supermarket in Hawarden, and outside Hurunui College. Please bring your own water container if you wish to collect water.
Monday June 13 -
Level 4: Water Restrictions
The heavy rain over the weekend damaged the water main across Bakers Ford, which supplies water to the water treatment plant for the Hawarden/Waikari townships and surrounding areas. Staff are currently on site assessing the damage and preparing for emergency repairs. It is likely that repairs will take 3-4 days to complete due to current river flood conditions.
Emergency arrangements are being put in place to tanker water from the intake to the treatment plant, however the supply will be operating at less than its usual capacity between 6am and 9pm only, so your help with conserving water is really important.
Regular updates will be provided on our website.
If you receive water via a restricted (trickle feed):
To manage this situation, we have isolated the restricted part of the Hawarden-Waikari water network. Tanks on properties with a restricted feed (i.e water trickle feeds into the property tank) will not be receiving water. This does not affect properties in the Hawarden or Waikari townships. Please contact us directly if you have concerns regarding complete loss of water in your tank.
Water may only be used for domestic purposes such as drinking and washing and to provide water for stock.
Water saving hints: https://www.hurunui.govt.nz/roading-water/water/wa...
We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.