The Benhar and Tokoiti sewerage extensions are nearly
complete, and interest in the proposed scheme at Pounawea is
Clutha District Council district assets manager Jules Witt
said commissioning of individual properties at Benhar was
under way, with about 10 connected and working and more being
added each day.
The pumps at the communal pumping station and the rising main
from the communal pumping station to Cherry Lane were tested
successfully and three pumping stations were pending
installations. All electrical and plumbing connections to the
remaining domestic stations were completed.
Contractors were preparing to test pumping stations and the
remaining rising mains.
In Tokoiti, the 28 original properties involved in the scheme
were connected and operating by late December and sewerage
extensions on MacAndrew, Lisburn, and Cargill Sts were
Six properties are still to be connected, and one pumping
station has yet to be installed, pending an archaeologist's
Late last year, the council also approved a proposal to pump
sewage from the Pounawea Camping Ground to Owaka to solve a
long-standing discharge problem. About $310,000 is budgeted
for the construction of a new pumping station and pipeline to
Owaka, and the council offered Pounawea residents the chance
to join the extension.
Voluntary connection to the scheme is estimated to cost
almost $15,000 a property.
Under the proposal, the system would initially be available
to properties alongside the direct pipeline route and
extensions would only go ahead if there was sufficient
interest to warrant a pipe extension.
Council water services manager Mohammad Rahman said the
council had received 26 responses from residents about the
scheme, with 11 stating their interest in connecting now. A
further 11 were interested in buying a connection, and the
remaining four were not interested.
Work on the Noble St pumping station was about 50% complete,
and pumps were scheduled to be installed in two weeks. The
rising main from the pumping station to Owaka was expected to
be completed by the end of March.