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Station upgrade almost done

Work is winding up on the Donald St pump station in Featherston, with the project due for completion at the end of this month.

Wellington Water started working on the upgrade on the corner of SH53 and Donald St in May.

Once completed, the wastewater pump station will more efficiently move water from east Featherston to the treatment plant, making overflows less common.

Wellington Water South Wairarapa programme leader Adam Mattsen said the project will make Featherston’s infrastructure more resilient and efficient.

“The upgraded pump station is more reliable, has more wastewater storage capacity and greater pumping capacity – it’s essentially more powerful,” Mattsen said.

“It will reduce overflows, particularly during periods of high rainfall, which will help improve public health and environmental outcomes.”

The upgraded pump station will allow for a greater flow of wastewater through the network, which will put increased pressure on pipes, so part of the project has involved renewing the existing pipe connecting the pump station to the wastewater treatment plant, preventing wastewater overflows in future years.

The pump station was scheduled to be put into service as soon as crews finished putting together the component parts
and electrical works.

Crews also need to connect the new pump station to the public wastewater system before decommissioning the existing pump station.

Once the new pump station is commissioned, crews will remain onsite to tidy up the area, including resurfacing the road, topsoiling, and planting new seeds.

Flynn Nicholls
Flynn Nicholls
Flynn Nicholls is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age who regularly writes about education. He is originally from Wellington and is interested in environmental issues and public transport.

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