We are replacing nearly all of Urenui’s water pipes over the next 18 months. This is an important project to resolve Urenui’s long-standing issue of water pipes bursting and is part of NPDC’s $248m commitment to fix the plumbing in our district.
Area one: Work starts on 24 January 2023 on the western edge of Urenui to replace 665 metres of old pipes between Whakapaki Street, Dowman Street, and Te Rangi Hiroa Place. Area one is expected to take six months to complete, before we move on to area two.
Area two: Area two stretches from State Highway 3 to Ritimona Street, and includes parts of Ngapapa Street and Ngakoti Street.
Area three: Area three takes in a circular block around Ngakoti Street, Totara Street, and Ngapapa Street on the east side of State Highway 3.
There is a long-standing problem of water pipes bursting in Urenui due to ageing pipes, requiring costly ongoing repairs. The current pipes are asbestos-cement pipes and at over 50 years old, they are reaching the end of their useful life.
The new pipes are MPVC and PVC – a type of plastic that is strong and durable for years to come. This type of pipe is common across New Zealand.
We’re replacing 90% of the town’s pipes – about 2,160m.
The remaining pipes don’t need to be replaced due to their age.
We expect work on area one will take 6 months to complete. We will then make a start on area two. You can check this webpage each month for updates to our work schedule.
We will update this webpage every month with the latest work schedule. We’ll also be doing letterbox drops to advise householders and businesses on streets before work starts in those areas.
Yes it will. The project’s contractor will make sure the rubbish collector can still get to your bags, bins and crates left at the kerbside on collection day.
Most properties will not have their driveways affected. For those that are, the driveways will be reinstated to the same or better condition – we will advise you if your property is included in this.
Some properties will have a short water interruption while they're connected to a new pipe while others will require a shutdown of a few hours, depending on the work being done. We will advise all householders about the date and time of their shutdown before it happens.
There will be some road closures necessary so that the work can be done safely. We’ll keep them as short as possible and we’ll advise the community before they begin.
Yes, there are sites of significance in this area. We’re continually talking with iwi about how to do this work with care, and an archaeologist will oversee the excavation works and ensure that any findings are recovered and registered with Heritage New Zealand.
We are scheduling the replacement of water pipes that are coming to the end of their life throughout the district, as part of our $248m commitment to fix the plumbing in the district. This project follows a successful three-year project in Inglewood.
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Page last updated: 12:02PM Mon 20 February 2023