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Aokautere Reservoir now operational

29 September 2017

Aokautere Reservoir now operational

Palmerston North City Council’s new Aokautere reservoir and Turitea Road pumping station is now operational. The $5.5 million dollar project forms part of the Aokautere water supply upgrade.

Located in the hills behind Pacific Drive, the Aokautere reservoir provides a new gravity point of supply to the Aokautere and Linton areas, allowing for peak buffering and emergency supply.

The new reservoir increases the amount of treated water storage for the city, improves the resilience of supply and caters to the urban growth of Palmerston North.

Works included:

· Construction of a 2,500m3 steel reservoir (including land acquisition, which allows for a second reservoir in future)
· Construction of a reinforced concrete pump chamber
· Installation of two horizontal booster pumps and associated pipework
· Installation of a new transformer
· A new connection point from the water main in Turitea Road

The reservoir is designed to withstand an earthquake and retain clean water for use post – quake.
Reservoir depth sensors and flow meters all operate using solar power.

In comparison to the old booster pump system, the new reservoir, pipelines and pumps are simple, reliable and cost less to operate.

The existing booster station will operate as a backup facility for the upper and central Aokautere area.


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