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Upgrades worth millions of dollars are in the pipeline for Southland’s water networks.
The Southland District Council received $13.53million in stimulus funding from the Government after opting to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Crown regarding three waters reform last year.
Of that, $1.5million will be put towards a regional assessment programme, $2million towards the Te Anau wastewater scheme, and the remaining $10.03million has been allocated to a district-wide renewal programme.
Council programme manager Joe Findley said it was a great opportunity to improve the condition of the district’s assets.
It also presented a challenge in ensuring the work was completed within the funding timeframes while maintaining the standards expected, he said.
Some Southland water mains, stormwater and wastewater networks will be upgraded.
Contractors will next month begin a stormwater upgrade in Waianiwa, rising mains replacements in Eastern Bush-Otahu Flat and a new pumped sewer in Riverton’s Princess and Carrol Sts.
In March, water main renewals will begin in Riverton, Tuatapere, Lumsden and Otautau. Stormwater upgrades in Orepuki and on Stewart Island have also been approved.