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Ngaruawahia water treatment plant update

Following an arson attack on the toilet block at The Point in Ngaruawahia late Monday 26 December, which then spread to the water pump control room and damaged the electrical system, temporary repairs have been completed meaning the treatment plant has been restarted and is operating in a stable state. 

Waikato District Council teams worked with our partner Watercare to get the system back up and running and to secure the site as best as possible, but further remediation work will need to be undertaken in the new year and outside of the holiday period. For now, we are confident that the temporary fix will hold fast and that the Ngaruawahia Water Treatment Plant can function normally.

The toilet block at The Point remains closed until further notice and until we can complete building repairs in the new year. In the meantime, we are sourcing a temporary alternative for the many visitors who are spending time down at The Point and enjoying the summer weather with their whanau. The seasonal close down has made this more challenging than usual and we understand that this is creating an inconvenience for users of the area. There are toilets in operation on the main street, so for now we would ask that visitors use those facilities until we have another arrangement in place. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank people for their understanding and patience. 

The water supply process starts with the consented collection of water from multiple sources including the Waikato River, groundwater sources and the Maraetai Stream in Port Waikato. 

These source waters generally contain a number of impurities which require treatment before it becomes suitable for household supply. Council is responsible for ensuring the supply of 'potable' (drinkable) water to our ratepayers.

Water supply and wastewater are two infrastructure considerations you need to consider in relation to obtaining consents when developing land, building or renovating. Find out more in land and property and see the water supply and wastewater forms below for more information.


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