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Out with the old and in with the new wastewater infrastructure


Later this month upgrades to the existing wastewater Z-Line infrastructure along Revell Street will get underway. Council has contracted Isaac Construction Ltd (ICL) to undertake the work, which will cost about $400,000 including funding brought forward from 2021/2022 in the Long Term Plan. Work is being conducted on Thursday to establish the most cost effective way to do the job while minimising the effect on resident properties.

“Current infrastructure on this particular line frequently gets blocked up,” advises Project Manager Michael Evers. “The pipework needs to be replaced and we estimate that the work will take about two months to complete.”

“There are some difficulties for the contractors to overcome as the pipe is at the back of residents properties. Some properties have structures sited over the pipe, on the land that Council has an access easement. Our contractors will do their best to ensure that there is as little disturbance to the ground as possible so that the structures are not affected. They will be doing some investigation work in the area this week with an aim to start the actual upgrade before the end of the month.

We have advised residents by letter that the investigation work will involve:

  • CCTV work to investigate the condition of the existing pipe.
  • Potholing (digging small holes in the ground) to determine the ground conditions and existing pipe inverts.
  • Investigate any structures built on the easement area to plan the best way to do the work with minimal disruption to the ground and structures.

The new line will go in at 9 Park St and run at the back of the properties from 182 Revell St to 192 Revell St. It will reduce the likelihood of blockages and improve the wastewater system. Of course, we still remind people that even with new infrastructure the only things that should be flushed down the toilet are the three P’s: Poo, Pee and (toilet) Paper.

We aim for there to be as little disruption as possible but it is essential that we do this work.”


Media enquiries to:

Emma Rae, Strategy and Communications Advisor