Work on a new stormwater pump station for Ōtaki started this week.
Council’s approval of the pump station in June was welcome news for flood-prone areas of the town.
The existing stormwater network serving the Moana Road catchment area in Ōtaki Beach is under capacity and properties are getting flooded during heavy rainfall. Installation of a new pump station at 37 Moana Street, stormwater pipes, manholes and sumps will be undertaken by contractors Action Civil Ltd. Water and wastewater pipes affected by the works will also be relocated.
Residents who will be affected by the works were sent letters last week that included project information, key contact details and a drawing of where the pipes will be located.
“The project will give added peace of mind to residents in a significant number of properties in the area that have been impacted by recent extreme weather events,” says Council’s Stormwater and Coastal Asset Manager Disna Pathirage. The $3.6 million project is expected to take about a year to complete.
The work is part of a broader programme to improve stormwater infrastructure and flood protection measures around the district.