Fendalton water back to pre-quake volumes

Fendalton residents will have their water back to pre-quake volumes with the installation of a new $2.5 million pump house.

A new pump house, with a 500 cu m tank, is now in the planning stage for Jeffreys Reserve on Jeffreys Rd. An architect has drawn up the design which will go out for consultation this month.

Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board chairman David Cartwright said he asked city council staff about the costs around further design options.

“Staff came back and said it could be as much as $20,000. That’s $20,000 of ratepayers’ money that could be spent on fixing potholes.”

He said the board did not want to “over consult” on something that was an essential service.

“It is a big beast and its necessary,” Mr Cartwright said.

Fendalton city councillor Jamie Gough said from his perspective, it was a great pump house.

“Not many pump houses are designed by architects,” he said.

Residents will get a chance to give feedback on the design during a community engagement meeting this month, city council manager planning and delivery John Moore said.

“At the end of the day, it’ll blend in. After a while you walk past telephone or power boxes and generally don’t notice,” Mr Cartwright said.

Four bores have already been dug by the city council 100m into the ground to get to the water reservoir below.

“The earthquake-damaged water tank, which is not in use now, needs to be replaced . . . Jeffreys Rd pump station will then be able to provide the pre-earthquake flow rates to the network,” Mr Moore said.

The land is set to be secured by November, a detailed design will be complete by February and the structure will be finished in 2019.