Morrinsville’s current water reservoir is over 80 years old and nearing the end of its useful life. It has a capacity of 3,400m³, compared to the average daily demand in Morrinsville of 5,500m³ and peak demand of 8,200m³. This means there is insufficient water storage for Morrinsville and no scope for future population growth. The new reservoir will increase the availability of water for major emergencies, however it will not alleviate water restrictions due to prolonged dry weather.
We have investigated a number of options and believe the best option is to replace the existing reservoir with a new, 8,000m3 reservoir on Mt Misery. The new reservoir would be built alongside the current reservoir, with the current one being removed when the new one is up and running.
How will this affect Morrinsville residents?
Most Morrinsville residents shouldn't be impacted by this work. The existing reservoir will continue to operate until the new one is up and running, so you shouldn't notice any difference to your water supply. You may be able to see construction on Mount Misery.
Some neighbouring property owners could be affected by the construction work. We are applying for designation of an area of land for the new reservoir, as well as resource consents for earthworks and the potential discharge of dust to air. Anyone who is deemed an 'affected party' to this consent will be contacted directly.
- All of the perimeter panels are now in place - forming the sides of the reservoir
- the perimeter panels have been post tensioned to clamp together the walls to ensure there are no leaks
- the project is expected to be completed in the first week of February
The following information that was submitted Matamata-Piako District Council (for consent for the earthworks) and Waikato Regional Council (for consent for the potential discharge of dust to air):
- a summary of the proposed activities at the site, the effects and mitigation measures
- an assessment of environmental effects
- a copy of the survey plan showing the location of the new reservoir in relation to the old reservoir
- a plan outlining how erosion and sediment will be controlled
- an artist’s impression of how the reservoir may look following completion of construction, and after 10 years of landscaping growth.