Mains and valve fixed after fire concerns

A fire has highlighted issues with a hydrant and water access in the North Otago settlement Ohau Village.

In the September 4, Ahuriri Community Board meeting agenda the report writer has said a recent fire drew to attention issues with valves and hydrants in the reticulation.

A Waitaki District Council contractor was brought in to make a repair on a leaking valve, that cost about $1000, and flushed the water mains to remove stones from the pipes.

Chairman Graham Sullivan said the fire raised  water access concerns, but the council had been responsive and there was no ‘‘big risk’’.

He said the village was growing and in time work would have to be done on the water supply to match an increasing demand at the settlement.

The issue of water access was expected to be taken care of when the village’s water treatment upgrade went ahead.

Council assets group manager Neil Jorgensen said just what the exact upgrade would look like was yet to be determined, but he did expect it to be finished ‘‘in a few years’’.


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