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First water mains swabbing completed successfully

Wednesday August 26 2015









Council staff started preparation at 6:00pm and completed the work just before 11:00pm.

Palmerston North City Council water asset engineer Dora Luo says the entire process went very smoothly and successfully removed the built-up sediment from the pipes. "I'm pleased to say the Council received no discoloured water complaints as a result of the operation."

The Council maintains an annual swabbing programme between the Turitea Water Treatment Plant and the Swabbing Chamber at the Fitzherbert Bridge for the purpose of removing sediment and minimising discoloured water issues.

There are two main pipes that need to be swabbed on separate occasions.

The Council plans to swab the second pipe as soon as possible and will advise residents via local media.

The work can only be carried out when the flow rate and turbidity of the Manawatu River reaches a certain level.

Updates will be provided on the Council's Facebook page and


For more information contact:

Dora Luo

Palmerston North City Council

Water Asset Engineer

356 8199