Big plans for Franklin’s water
The Franklin Local Board attended a workshop at Watercare’s Newmarket office on June 30 to be briefed on southern growth initiatives and investment in the Franklin area.
Board chairman Andrew Baker says it was “unreal” to see how much time and thought is invested in planning for a growing city.
“It was really useful for us, as people making decisions at a local level, to be able to meet the people who are busy planning infrastructure to cater for our rapidly-growing population.”
Auckland councillor Bill Cashmore, who also attended the workshop, says Franklin’s population and employment opportunities are expanding at a “record rate”.
“This presents a very real challenge to our infrastructure suppliers, so it’s good to see Watercare is meeting this challenge head-on with the planning and delivery of essential assets.”
Projects and proposals discussed included:
• Pukekohe trunk sewer and wastewater treatment plant upgrades to address overflows and capacity issues
• Proposed Runciman Rd water reservoir to provide storage for North Franklin and the wider Auckland region
• Proposed Cape Hill Water Booster Pump Station to increase pressure for residents in parts of Pukekohe
• The proposed increase to the permitted water take from the Waikato River to meet Auckland’s population growth over the next 35 years.
The board was also given a tour of Watercare’s central control room, from where the water and wastewater networks are monitored and controlled 24/7. Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post