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Ongoing supply delay disrupts water treatment plant construction


Marshall Projects Ltd, the contractors appointed to construct the new Fox Glacier Water Treatment Plant, have advised Council that there will be a significant delay in completing the project.

“We are experiencing a situation that is very frustrating for the Fox Glacier community and for Council staff, as we know that the ongoing boil water notice is far from ideal,” says Martin Ross, Engineer 3 Waters. “The initial timeline for completion of the new water treatment plant was by the end of April 2023 however, the new projection is October 2023. Several reasons for this include delays in equipment manufacturing and the lack of parts availability from suppliers. These are issues that are beyond the control of the contractor and staff, but nonetheless it is disappointing that the community will have to wait longer.”

“It is important that we keep the boil water notice in place, even throughout the summer tourist season, as we are still receiving intermittent positive E-coli tests. Maintaining the boil water notice is simpler for the community than issuing and then cancelling them on an irregular basis until the new water treatment plant is installed. We will send out regular reminders of the boil water continuance in the interim. By issuing boil water notices and advising customers, we are complying with the Water Services Act.”

“Staff and the contractors are committed to ensuring the plant is built and operational as soon as we possibly can.”

“We thank the community for their patience and understanding with this matter.”


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Emma Rae, Strategy and Communications Advisor