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Source: Far North District Council

Work on a new $2.8 million water treatment plant near Omanaia is on track for completion by August this year.

The new facility, which is being built at Omanaia, will replace a 1950s Rawene plant 13km away that treats raw water sourced from Petaka Stream.

The new plant is good news for the 44 Omanaia households connected to Council water supplies. For years they have received untreated water extracted from the pipeline before it reaches the Rawene treatment plant. The council has applied a permanent Boil Water Notice to these households.

General Manager – Infrastructure and Asset Management, Andy Finch, says the new treatment plant will finally remove the risks that Omanaia residents may get sick from drinking untreated Council-supplied water.

“Once the 44 Omanaia households are connected to the new plant, all treated water supplied to Far North homes and businesses by the Council will be fully compliant with New Zealand Drinking Water Standards.”

The project’s cost is heavily subsidised by the Ministry of Health, which will contribute $2.3 million of the $2.8 million total.

Construction of the new treatment plant is being undertaken by Broadspectrum New Zealand Limited.