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Written by Imran Ali, The northern Advocate   
Monday, 21 January 2008

[Whangarei District Council Water services manager Andrew Venmore] said a feasibility study to identify a new water source for Whangarei from the Ngunguru River was progressing well. Ngunguru was chosen because of high rainfall in the catchment, lack of other water users and its location between Whangarei and the East Coast townships.

It's capable of meeting demand in a 1-in-50 year drought for the city's water supply area including Hikurangi, Whangarei Heads and potentially the East Coast townships not currently receiving a piped water supply.

The new water source could be developed in stages over 50 years.

The new water source could be developed in stages over 50 years. The project would involve construction of an intake structure and a new pipeline to transfer water to the Whau Valley treatment plant.

The new structure was likely to be built in 2016-17. A rock-fill dam will be constructed, possibly between 2023 and 2025, in the upper reaches of the Ngunguru River with a storage capacity of 2.5 million cubic metres.

A new treatment plant may be built by 2041, near Ngunguru Rd.

The council is seeking feedback from ratepayers on how the project will affect the area's landscape.

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