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Last modified: 10 Aug 2021 12:24pm

Aerial view of the Pines Wastewater treatment plant showing buildings, ponds and surrounding fields

Construction has begun on a new wastewater pipeline connecting Darfield and Kirwee to the Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant.

A live map and more details on the pipeline route and construction are available.

The pipeline is the first step in a new wastewater system for Darfield and Kirwee, which the Council approved following the 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan. Under the scheme, all new developments will be required to connect, while a new sewer main will also be built along the main street of Darfield to allow businesses to connect from 2023/24.

In response to public feedback, the Council also agreed to review both the funding and timeline for existing homes to connect to the new scheme.

The Council undertook a business case for the scheme, including consultation with Darfield and Kirwee residents in 2019, and in February 2020 it agreed to progress work on a scheme for Darfield and Kirwee. In December 2020 the Council was granted $10.66 million for the project from the Department of Internal Affairs as part of the post Covid-19 three waters infrastructure stimulus funding.

The 26.5km-long pipeline is being constructed by Sicon from south of Darfield to the Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant on Burnham School Road, Rolleston.

The majority of construction work is taking place in the road reserve, which may require some traffic management including speed reductions. In some cases road closures may be required but detours will be signposted. Aylesbury Road between Wards Road and Two Chain Road is the first affected road; it will be closed until mid-December 2021.

A pipeline from Kirwee will also be constructed, connecting to the main trunk at the junction of Courtenay Road and Miles Road.