Published on : Thursday, December 21, 2017
A wastewater disposal project will commence in Hanmer Springs after a successful application to the Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund. The Hurunui District Council will receive $2.25m from the first round of funding, of which, $14.9 million would be invested in tourism infrastructure around the country.
The funding will be spent on the Hanmer Wastewater Disposal Project which the community and council have developed for handling the pressures increased tourism numbers place on wastewater infrastructure.
Following the earthquake in November last year, earthquake repairs were prioritized, putting funding for the wastewater to land project in jeopardy.
CEO Hamish Dobbie said, “Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa patronage in the last financial year was 546,000 people, and has increased 1.5 per cent per annum over the last seven years. The development of a wastewater disposal to land scheme will allow the township to deal with the continual increase in tourist numbers it is currently seeing, in an environmentally-friendly manner.”
About 50 hectares of land would be bought and underground infrastructure would be installed along with a wastewater irrigation system. Treated wastewater would then be pumped from the existing treatment ponds to the disposal block and irrigated to the land.
Mayor Winton Dalley said, “More tourists for Hanmer Springs will mean greater economic growth for the town’s businesses. I look forward to the development of this scheme and seeing the positive impacts on water infrastructure and business growth in Hanmer Springs.”
The council was extremely grateful to the Government for selecting its application to be included in the first round of funding of the fund.