Five local politicians got a guided tour of the upgrade taking place at Watercare’s Army Bay wastewater treatment plant last month, including heading out by boat to see the future location of a new outfall pipe in Tiritiri Matangi Channel.
The pipe will terminate around 1km offshore, in an area that has strong tidal currents. Cr John Watson and Hibiscus and Bays Local Board members Julia Parfitt, Janet Fitzgerald, Mike Williamson and Caitlin Watson took the opportunity to see the earthworks and hear from Watercare’s wastewater planning team and operations staff on how work is progressing.
The $31m project includes improvements to a pump station, standby generators, electrical controls and a UV disinfection facility. The upgrades will provide resilience to the existing wastewater network and cater for future growth in fast-expanding area of Auckland. The next major phase of construction involves the arrival of a tunnel boring machine from Europe, which is due to be brought on-site this month.