To keep our Smart Little City running well, we need to upgrade some of our older infrastructure. This includes our stormwater, wastewater and water supply networks.
We have already undertaken considerable work in Nelson over the last couple of years, and now we need to continue that work in Washington Valley. Upgrading the stormwater, wastewater and water supply networks in this area will have the following benefits:
- Reduce the risk of flooding of downstream properties during extreme weather events
- Reduce the likelihood of sewage overflows
- Improve water supply flows to the Washington Valley and Vanguard Street area
This project will involve the construction of new upgraded stormwater, wastewater and water pipelines along Hastings Street and Washington Road. Physical work is scheduled to start in January 2023.
Project designs are currently being worked on, and this will require contractors to carry out some potholing and investigation work over the next several weeks. Potholing is a process that identifies underground pipes and cables that may affect the construction project so they can be included in its design.
The location of these minor works is expected to extend along Washington Road (from Watson St to Britannia Heights), and along Hastings Street.
Council will be talking to local businesses and residents throughout the project. With work of this scale there will be disruption, so we want to talk with those affected to minimise any impact this might have. We will be in contact in the coming months to share information and get feedback that will help us shape how this project occurs.