Water upgrade nearly complete 

The Kihikihi alternative water supply project is nearing its completion.

The project, which began late last year, aims to improve the resilience of Kihikihi’s water supply by connecting it to Te Awamutu. Currently, Kihikihi’s water comes from two bores located on Church Street and Hall Street.

The towns are being connected by a pipe that travels along Park Road, Golf Road, and Flat Road. It connects the supply from Te Awamutu’s Albert Park Drive to Kihikihi’s existing reservoir on the corner of Rolleston Street and Grey Street.

Waipā Project Engineer Karan Sehgal says the project is nearly complete.

“With the contractor working on the final connection into the reservoir, we will concurrently be starting the road reinstatement works along Rolleston Street.”

Once completed, council expects Kihikihi residents to experience minor improvements to their water pressure as well as water clarity.

Although the project’s immediate benefits have been described as minor, council says it was a necessary step in accommodating Kihikihi’s rapidly growing population.

Waipā’s 2050 Growth Strategy plan estimated that Te Awamutu and Kihikihi will require an additional 3400 households by 2050.

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