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Overdue timber tank repairs in train

An engineer has determined that one of two timber tanks south of Eketāhuna that holds treated drinking water for the community is in poor condition and in need of replacement.

The tank, which holds 450m3 of water and was built in 2000, is mostly made of wood with a rubber membrane inside.

After assessing it and deeming it to be in poor condition, the engineer advised Tararua District Council [TDC] that it “needed addressing urgently,” which TDC said will cost $40,000 and will be allocated from the first year of its long-term plan.

TDC Three Waters manager Roger Earp said in a statement that work on the tank has yet to start and the council is in the process of finalising the
contract with the company
that will undertake it.

“We are not constructing a new tank. Instead, we are completing repairs on the existing tank,” Earp said.

“The issue with the tank was in the roof structure.”

The tank will need to be emptied and refilled as part of the work, which Earp said will take a few days.

Although the council doesn’t “anticipate any significant changes to the water supply during this period”, Earp said the work “could mean that residents in Eketāhuna could experience some discolouration in the water”.

A TDC statement said residents will be advised once dates for the repairs have been finalised and they will be kept informed throughout the project.

Freddie Wilkie
Freddie Wilkie
Freddie Wilkie is a journalist at the Wairarapa Times-Age; originally moving from Christchurch, he is interested in housing stories as well as covering emergencies and crime.

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