Outram residents should see improvements in water flow during
peak times within a year, with two upgrades due to be
Dunedin City Council will start upgrading Outram's main water
distribution pipeline and ring main pipe in 2014-15.
A group of Outram residents attended last week's
Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board meeting to raise concerns
about the township's water supply and distribution.
Council acting asset and commercial manager Tom Osborn said
the group's complaints reflected others the council had been
receiving for a long time about Outram's water.
The pipeline upgrades had been scheduled, and money was set
aside in budgets, for the first stages to be done before July
next year. The size of the main distribution pipe would be
increased in a $250,000 upgrade and the first half of the
ring main would also be upgraded at a cost of $300,000.
''There should be significant improvements in the flow [as a
result] during peak periods next year,'' Mr Osborn said.
The upgrades would be to a standard that would also service a
new 28-lot subdivision recently approved by the council for
The council had come to an arrangement whereby the developer
would contribute a portion of the cost of the upgrade
relevant to the development.
Mr Osborn was at the meeting to update the board on the
upgrade of Outram's water treatment plant, which could be
delayed for two years while the council worked through land
ownership issues, he said.
The plant needs to be upgraded to meet new drinking water
But the new standards were only technically different from
the old ones. The water quality had not changed and was safe
to drink in the meantime. A drinking water assessor had
approved the upgrade's delay.
Mr Osborn said the council preferred to build the new
building on one parcel of land, to ensure the upgrade would
be for the long term.
At present, the plant sat on four pieces of land owned by
three owners - the council, the Crown and a private owner.
It could take up to two years to get the landowner approvals
for the land needed for the desired plant layout, but the
council hoped it could be done within six to 18 months.
It was expected problems with the sometimes strong smell of
chlorine in Outram water would also be resolved as part of
the water treatment plant upgrade.
Residents could be reassured there was enough water coming
through Outram's treatment plant each day to cope with any
future development in the township.