The new Waipori pump station has been officially
commissioned. Photo by ORC.
A $1.1 million upgrade to the Waipori pump station
protecting 7000ha of the Taieri Plain was officially opened
The Otago Regional Council said the work was one of the most
significant drainage scheme upgrades on the plains in many
Former West Taieri drainage liaison committee chairman
Alistair Cameron cut the ribbon at a commissioning ceremony
at the pump station, near Lake Waipori, yesterday.
Council engineering, hazards and science director Gavin
Palmer said the upgrade was crucial because more than half of
the pump station's catchment lay below sea level.
Dr Palmer said the previous pumps had provided great service
since 1933, but were nearing the end of their serviceable
A flooded farmhouse on the Taieri in April 2006. Photo by
Problems with the operational performance of the station
were highlighted during the 2006 floods.
Investigations began immediately on finding suitable
replacement pumps, and specifications were then drawn up.
The upgrade saw two new pumps designed and built in Germany
for Taieri conditions.
This followed upgrades to the two other pumps at the station
in 2007 and 2008.