Water  |  16 Jun 2021

Work to upgrade the drinking water supply at Redwood pump station starts this month.

Christchurch City Council Head of Three Waters and Waste Helen Beaumont says the upgrade is part of a wider programme of work to upgrade the city’s water supply network to ensure safe and secure drinking water for residents.

“Work on the pump station includes drilling two new deep water wells, between the depth of 60 to 100 metres. These wells will replace two existing shallow wells and reduce the risk of contamination to our city’s water supply.

“We’ll also be installing above-ground well heads that meet current drinking water standards,'' Ms Beaumont says.

Contractor, Citycare Ltd, is leading the work on the Redwood pump station. They will be on site from late June, with the bulk of the drilling work starting in July. The entire project is expected to run until June 2022.

“As we need to mobilise some large machinery to the site, we’ll be removing one of the trees at the front of the pump station to allow us safe access to the property. We’d like to reassure everyone that drinking water supply to neighbouring properties won’t be affected during this project,'' Ms Beaumont says.

“Parts of this work will be noisy, with some noise and vibration coming from heavy machinery as the new wells are drilled, however our contractors will be working their hardest to keep disruptions to residents to a minimum.”