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Te Marua water tours draw big crowd

Te Marua water tours draw big crowd

More than 200 people took advantage of a stunning autumn day on 17 May to join guided tours of the Te Marua Water Treatment Plant to see where their water comes from.

Regional Council Water Supply General Manager Chris Laidlow says the council wanted to give people the opportunity to learn more about how their water supply works.

“Many people don’t think about where their tap water comes from. In recent years we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in our bulk water network and our water treatment process.”

The tours explained the treatment process used to remove organic material and contaminants, the challenges of operating a 24/7 essential service dependant largely on rivers and the flexibility of the bulk water network to supply water from different sources to different parts of Wellington, if needed.

“There was a great deal of interest in the technology we use to optimise the network and provide better value to ratepayers – like our ability to operate the whole system remotely, our power and chemical optimisation technology which have won engineering awards and are world firsts” says Mr Laidlow

Members of the public wanting to attend a future tour can email to register their interest.