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Aokautere reservoir now operational

Friday September 29 2017

Palmerston North City Council’s new Aokautere reservoir and Turitea Road pumping station is now operational. The $5.5 million dollar project forms part of the Aokautere water supply upgrade.

Photo shows giant water tank on farmland.

The multimillion-dollar project boosts the reliability of Palmerston North's water supply.

Located in the hills behind Pacific Drive, the Aokautere reservoir provides a new gravity point of supply to Aokautere and Linton, allowing for peak buffering and emergency supply.

The new reservoir increases the amount of treated water storage for the city, improves the resilience of supply, and caters to the urban growth of Palmerston North.

Works included:

  • constructing a 2,500m3 steel reservoir (including land acquisition, which allows for a second reservoir in future)
  • constructing a reinforced concrete pump chamber
  • installing two horizontal booster pumps and associated pipework
  • installing a new transformer
  • a new connection point from the water main in Turitea Road

The reservoir is designed to withstand an earthquake and retain clean water for post-quake use.

Reservoir depth sensors and flow meters all operate using solar power.

In comparison to the old booster pump system, the new reservoir, pipelines and pumps are simple, reliable and cost less to operate.

The existing booster station will operate as a backup facility for the upper and central Aokautere area.