Big plans for Franklin’s water

Franklin Local Board chairman Andrew Baker andWatercare operations manager water supply PriyanPerera in the Watercare central control room.

Franklin Local Board chairman Andrew Baker andWatercare operations manager water supply PriyanPerera in the Watercare central control room.

Franklin politicians have a renewed appreciation for their drinking water after meeting Watercare planners and engineers.
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.

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