By Robyn Bristow
Upgrading water supplies is the most meaningful and significant project the Hurunui District Council is promoting as “shovel ready”, says Hurunui Mayor Marie Black .
Ugrading drinking water supplies to meet drinking water standards, and replacing old pipes, comes with a price tag of $35.5 million.
Mrs Black says the project would have a significant impact on all district residents.
It is the largest project applied for by the council in its infrastructure application for funding to the Government for projects ready to go and which will help stimulate the economy following the impacts of Covid-19.
“We are looking at practical projects that will improve the lives of people.
“People are front and centre of the projects we have nominated,” Mrs Black says.
Two other big ticket items, valued at $9.3 million, are for projects in Hanmer Springs to help development and tourism. These projects will not be announced until funding is secured and agreement reached with all stakeholders.
The council has also included waste water pipe replacement for pipes in poor condition in its application. This has been costed at $4 million.
It is also seeking $1 million as part-funding for the Amberley community swimming pool, and $2 million toward footpath renewals.