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Metrowater Pipi Projects

Metrowater Pipi Projects To Symbolise Environmental Improvement

Auckland water and wastewater utility company Metrowater is strengthening its environmental resolve with the launch of city-wide 'Pipi Projects'.

Chief Executive Graham Coxhead says Metrowater is very aware that its decisions can produce long term environmental consequences and is working hard to raise environmental standards in the water industry. He says the company has a number of key environmental initiatives planned for the near future and these will fall under a 'Pipi Project' banner, symbolising work that will positively impact the environment.

"Some of Auckland City's pipes are more than a hundred years old and were designed to very different standards than we would use today," says Mr Coxhead.

"Aucklanders want to know what we're doing to improve these networks and reduce their impact on the environment. From now on, if you see the 'Pipi Project' banner on one of our projects you'll know it's work that will help create healthier streams and seas."

Mr Coxhead says the company chose the pipi to symbolise environmental improvement for a number of reasons.

"The pipi is a significant part of New Zealand culture and is a pollution sensitive shellfish. It's our vision that one day the shores of Waitemata Harbour will be again able to support a flourishing pipi population."

Mr Coxhead says the company's first major project under the 'Pipi' environmental brand focuses on Orakei Basin. Over the next two years Metrowater will separate the drainage networks of Orakei, Remuera, St Johns and Meadowbank properties that still have combined wastewater and stormwater pipes. The $6 million project will significantly reduce wastewater overflows to the Orakei Basin.

Mr Coxhead says local residents can expect an informational brochure about Project Orakei in their mailboxes next week. As part of the 'Pipi Project', Aucklanders will also start receiving 'Environmental Update' newsletters to keep them up to date on environmental progress made by Metrowater and Auckland City Council.


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