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Planting day to celebrate treatment plant progress

The local community is being welcomed to participate in a tree planting day on July 18. Image/Supplied.

The Tauranga community is being invited to a planting day to celebrate the progress made by the Waiāri Water Supply Scheme.

The Waiāri Water Supply Scheme is one of the most important projects for Tauranga and the western bay of plenty sub-region to be undertaken this decade.

The new treatment plant will provide resilience and increase water supply for Tauranga, as well as provide supply to Te Puke and surrounding district in the future.

A Tauranga City Council spokesperson says construction of the Waiāri Water Supply Scheme is progressing in leaps and bounds.

The past year has seen the completion of all 25 kilometres of pipeline, and construction of the intake facility, treatment plant and reservoir is underway.

The treatment plant is planned to be operational from late 2022.

“We are excited to have reached a stage where we are able to invite the community on to the water treatment plant site,” says a Tauranga City Council spokesperson.

“This community planting day will provide a look behind the scenes of how a water treatment plant is constructed as well as the opportunity to plant some native plants for the future.

 “Join us this Sunday, get your hands dirty and enjoy some fresh air. A sausage sizzle and coffee will be provided.”

The treatment plant construction is progressing in “leaps and bounds.” Image/Supplied.

The Waiāri treatment plant community planting day on July 18 will start at 10am – 2pm and access via 376 Number 1 Road.

If you’re thinking of joining in, please know:

•             Bring warm clothes and a drink bottle

•             Covered footwear is essential

•             Parental supervision is required for children

•             Limited carparking available so carpooling is advised

If you would like to attend, please email Jennifer.pearson@tauranga.govt.nz with your name and the number of people attending.

You’ll receive a confirmation with some additional info about the day.

Should the event be postponed due to the weather, we will inform people via email by Saturday 5pm.

Find out more about the Waiāri Water Supply Scheme at www.tauranga.govt.nz/waiari

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