31 March 2014

New tanks for Otama water scheme

The Gore District Council’s 3 Waters team has started replacing the Otama rural water scheme reservoir tanks and pipework.

The project, which is being undertaken in conjunction with the scheme committee, involves installing nine 33,000 litre water tanks on the top of the Pyramid Hill. These tanks replace the existing 12 tanks that have been in use since the scheme was commissioned in the 1970s.

3 Waters Asset Manager Sarah Crooks said these are in poor condition and seep water into the ground.

The tank farm at Pyramid is critical to the water scheme. The tanks store water from the source bore beside the Mataura River before it is fed out to the 264 connections.

The new tanks will provide more water storage capacity. There will be water meters installed, to monitor where the water is going, and new manifolds that will allow the reservoir tanks to be isolated without shutting down the scheme.

Mrs Crooks said there has been careful planning around this project “so hopefully scheme users are not affected”.

A temporary bypass will be created prior to decommissioning the existing tanks. This means the scheme can still be supplied while the old tanks are cleared from the site, and the new tanks installed and commissioned.

It is planned to finish the work in three weeks but this timeframe is weather dependent, Mrs Crooks said.

The work is being funded by scheme users who pay annual rates and water use rates that are used for capital improvements.

Anyone who would like further information or has any concerns should contact the Council’s customer service team, phone 209 0330.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: