Levin Water Treatment Plant has upgraded its water treatment system that will now protect drinking water from cryptosporidium and giardia. The improvement project of the water treatment system cost around US$6.4 million and should now protect drinking water from boil water notices while complying with the guidelines to safeguard the town water supply from harmful micro-organisms like cryptosporidium and giardia which can spread serious illness.
According to website of the Ministry of Health, scanning of drinking water for such type of micro-organisms is hard and thus, standards for drinking water need compliance by making sure that the treatment processes can effectively eliminate them.
The upgraded plant was formally inaugurated on Tuesday by Peter Dunne, Associate Minister of Health and Michael Feyen, mayor of Horowhenua and the event was also attended by IWI representatives.
The enhanced water plant include a brand new corrosion resistant reservoir of six-million liter capacity that cost around US$2.5 million. It was officially installed in the month of May previous year. This improvement increases the town’s water storing capacity to minimum 24 hours of water supply during the peak demand in summer compared to previous capacity of just 13 hours. A new ultraviolet water treatment system and a chemical injection system were also set up at the Gladstone Road depot along with a water clarifier. This new clarifier will now eliminate the process of boiling the drinking water before use if at times the river water was dirty. The town council has also acquired resource consent till the year 2024 and can now pull up to 15,000 cubic meters of water per day from the Ohau River and around 13,000 cubic meters of water when the river is running low.