News & Events

Major water upgrades getting underway

Thursday June 17 2021

Motorists need to allow extra time for journeys along the northern end of Tremaine Ave from next week as major water upgrades get underway.

The water pipe running along Tremaine Ave between Ruahine St and Thames St (the entrance to Skoglund Park and Freyberg Pool) is 92 years old and needs to be replaced.

It’s going to take up to 10 weeks for us to replace the pipe, which we'll do in sections between 7am and 5pm on weekdays. The main pipe upgrade, where the pipe is exposed, needs to happen during the day for safer working in daylight.

There will be significant traffic management in place, including at times stop/go lane management and changes to lane layouts. No work requiring stop/go traffic management will happen during peak hours.

There may be small time periods where we have to temporarily shut off the water, but we'll give advanced notice of that to businesses and residents who will be affected.

It’d be great if motorists could take alternate routes if they don’t need to be travelling in this stretch. If you do need to travel in this area, please be prepared for some short delays, and allow extra time for travel.

Wastewater upgrade on Main Street

We’ve also started the upgrade of a major wastewater pipe, and the connections to properties, on Main Street between Princess St and Victoria Ave.

The pipe was installed in 1890 – making it one of the oldest in the city at 131 years old!

Our crew will be excavating along the northern side of the street, predominantly in the service lane. The work will occur on weekdays between 7am and 5pm.

At times, we may need to reduce the number of traffic lanes, but that will only be in the immediate vicinity of the construction and only for short periods of time.

Access to businesses, parking, and the Covid-19 testing site will be available throughout the construction work, however there may be some unavoidable traffic delays at times.

Photo shows white lettering on green background that says "Thanks for your patience".

We’d like to thank businesses and residents for their patience during these upgrades. We’re continually maintaining, repairing and upgrading our water pipes to ensure Palmy residents continue to have some of the best water services in the country.