The ring main commissioning works, being undertaken by local company Landholdings Ltd, involves connecting the sub-main from private and commercial properties to the new ring main. It also includes finding any properties connected directly into the ring main and reconnecting these to a sub-main.
Muri residents within this section are encouraged to prepare for the short disruptions. Commercial operators directly connected to the trunk main will be advised by the Te Mato Vai Project Management Unit (PMU) as early as possible in advance of the disruption to their property.
The first section of ring main commissioning works will begin this week from outside the Nautilus Resort continuing to Avana Stream.
When the Muri section of works is complete, Landholdings Ltd will then begin ring main commissioning works in Tupapa, from the Chillies Bar to Super Brown, followed by a section from Pokoinu Road to the Betela meeting house in Arorangi.
The commissioning works is being prioritised in these three sections to occur ahead of planned road resealing as part of the Cook Islands government road improvement capital works programme.
The ring commissioning works will go right round the island and are expected to take up to six months to complete with work being done Monday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm weather and conditions permitting.
The Te Mato Vai PMU has planned the works with the aim of reducing impact on the community, who are advised to take caution when driving in the works area. The Te Mato Vai PMU apologises for any inconvenience caused as vital water upgrade work around the island continues.
If you have any questions or are not receiving water to your property as a result of these works, please call the Te Mato Vai PMU on 28851.
For any other water related issues please call Infrastructure Cook Islands, WATSAN Unit on 20321.
- Matariki Wilson