The renewal of water mains in the South Hill area of Oamaru is set to commence in approximately two weeks.

The project will help improve water quality, pressure and flow (including for fire), improving resilience, efficiency and will provide capacity for the new water pipeline being built to supply customers on the Hampden-Moeraki and Herbert-Waianakarua water supplies.

Project Management Engineer – Water Services Michael Goldingham says the entire project is scheduled to take three years to complete, and that this work is the first stage in the project.

“The project has been broken into stages, with Stage One being on particular roads within the South Hill area,” says Mr Goldingham.

Affected streets are:

  • Severn Street (between Itchen and Cross Streets)
  • Itchen Street
  • Perth Street (between Roxby Street and Awamoa Road)
  • Awamoa Road
  • Avon Street (between Tyne and Wharfe Streets)
  • Wharf Street (between Avon and Tamar Streets)
  • Tyne Street (from Avon Street and up to the South Hill water reservoir)

 “We have contacted affected residents, schools and other businesses directly, advising them that temporary speed restrictions will be in place when new pipes are being installed and that these roads will be reduced to a single lane at various times.  Other restrictions will also involve access to properties as the work is done.”

Work is due to commence on Monday 27 February and the majority of it will be completed towards the end of May.

“We have worked closely with Whitestone Contracting who will be upgrading the water mains.  This is a significant project and we have developed a comprehensive plan that aims to cause as little disruption to affected residents as possible.”

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