DAVID WALKER/STUFF Almost 120 well heads have been raised above ground since June 2018 under major efforts to future-proof Christchurch’s drinking water network. (First published 2018) Councillors in Christchurch have approved a $2 million “sticking plaster” plan to temporarily fix dozens of wells and help meet the May deadline to rid the city’s drinking water of chlorine. Work will be carried out on 42 below-ground well heads that can be made safe with relatively minor improvements because they tap into aquifers with artesian pressure, which offers an additional barrier and means the risk of contamination is low. They are also deep, older bores with longstanding good records of water quality. The short-term fix will allow the wells to be used without treatment, meaning there is a “good chance” water supplies will be chlorine-free by May. READ MORE: Pleas to conserve water go down the drain as residents flirt with chlorination return Water restrictions – and longer chlorination – in pipeline unless residents reduce water use A bad taste: council may not have approved chlorination if told of well problems earlier Christchurch water boss wanted well fiasco blame shared Pure water for a quarter of Christchurch as spectre of longer treatment… Read full this story
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