Methven water gallery project a success

3/11/2016 2:00 p.m.

Ashburton District Council is wrapping up the final stages of a major four month project on the Methven water gallery, which has seen a complete renewal to parts of the infrastructure supplying Methven’s drinking water.

The Methven water gallery had sustained damage to parts of the infiltration pipe deep underground and was in urgent need of repairs to ensure the safety and sustainability of the town’s drinking water. 

Council Service Delivery Group Manager Neil McCann says the project has been a great success and is pleased with the level of expertise demonstrated to get the work done.

“This was a large and extremely complicated project to undertake. 500 metres of pipe had to be installed to replace the damaged system, as well as a number of new chambers dug out. All of this had to be done without compromising the water supply, and I am proud of our staff’s tremendous effort to keep the system working effectively throughout the project.”

Mr McCann is also thankful to the Methven community for their patience while the project has been underway.

“Methven residents have been wonderful during the last four months. We are appreciative of their understanding and can confirm that the precautionary 10 per cent chlorine increase in the water is now back to its regular levels.”

The Methven infiltration galley project is set to be officially completed in the next three weeks.

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