Richmond water plant to be opened

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The new Richmond water treatment plant, the largest capital project undertaken by the Tasman District Council since its inception in 1989, is to be officially opened next Thursday, October 29.

The $9.5 million treatment plant, on the corner of McShane Rd and Lower Queen St, was built to comply with updated national drinking water standards and meet increased demand for water in Richmond.

The ultra-violet light treatment process means there is no longer any need to chlorinate Richmond’s water. In addition, the new plant blends water from Richmond’s two supply networks – the Waimea and Richmond borefields, which means all the water is of consistent quality and also creates a more secure supply.

The project included the construction of a new treatment plant building, a 1000 cubic metre glass-fused steel water tank and changes to three kilometres of pipework from the Waimea bores to the plant.

Tasman District Council engineering services manager Peter Thomson says the project team is proud to have delivered a better-quality and more secure water supply for Richmond without any interruption to households’ water supply.

“We also really appreciate the goodwill from businesses in Richmond, some of whom have had to alter their processes to cope with the change to blended water and ultra-violet light treatment. In addition, neighbouring residents were very patient with the extensive roadworks that were needed in order to change the pipework on Lower Queen Street and we would like to acknowledge that.”

A trial operating period is complete and the plant is now fully operational.

The opening, beginning at 3pm, will include speeches, a blessing and a tour of the plant.