Bird’s eye view of Te Mato Vai

Saturday February 09, 2019 Written by Published in Environment
McConnell Dowell’s health and safety manager Michael Wynne with Mark Brown on a platform above the settling tank. 19020832 McConnell Dowell’s health and safety manager Michael Wynne with Mark Brown on a platform above the settling tank. 19020832

The Te Mato Vai project will help build the resilience of Rarotonga’s water supply, according to deputy prime minister Mark Brown.

 

Brown was on an inspection tour of the McConnell Dowell worksites at Takuvaine, where a 400,000 litre settlement tank is being built, and Tupapa where a 1.8 million litre water storage tanks is being erected.

“This is one of the tanks constructed around all of our water intakes. Part of building the resilience in our water quality and quantity is having these storage tanks at each of these intakes.

“Currently the water we have now in our water supply was coming straight from the stream and into our pipes. Now it goes through a process of treatment, filtration and disinfection before it gets into our storage tanks and from here feeds into our pipes and into people’s homes.

“This particular intake at Tupapa will be completed by the middle of the year and we are looking at the whole project being completed by the end of this year.”            

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