9 May 2019
The Three Waters Infrastructure Committee will consider giving the green light to commence construction on the Clyde Wastewater Project as soon as late May.
A report released today will be considered by the committee on 15 May and includes revised cost-estimates for the project that indicate an additional $1.9m will be required to complete Stage 1 of the Project. This represents a 16% increase to the project budget.
The Clyde Wastewater Project was included in the 2018 10-Year Plan. On completion, wastewater will be piped from Clyde to Alexandra and treated at the existing Alexandra Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Project takes into consideration the needs of Central Otago district's growing population base.
Central Otago District Council Executive Manager - Infrastructure Services Julie Muir says: "With tenders recently closed for construction of the rising main from Clyde to Rivers Street, we have been able to review our overall project budget (now $13.6m). This budget review is based on tender prices received for construction of the pipeline, costs of completed design and investigation work and a revised engineer's estimate. It is important that we consider and plan for the likely cost increase now before contracts are awarded for construction."
In the report, Council recommends that the additional $1.9 million investment will be funded from savings made from the Cromwell Wastewater Project, income from the impending sale of the Bannockburn wastewater site and the remaining costs be included in the 2020/21 Annual Plan budget.
To ensure the most efficient use of Council resources, construction of both the main wastewater pipeline and planned work on the water pipelines will be carried out simultaneously.
Council expects to tender design of the piped reticulation network within the Clyde township later in May. Discussions will occur with residents and businesses in stage 1 as the design progresses. A timeline for construction of the reticulation is still to be set.
The Clyde Wastewater Project will ensure the safe and efficient discharge of wastewater from residential and commercial properties in the township. The robust design will also ensure that the future needs of the district's growing population are met.