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Innovation for water testing access

10 March 2022

New access sites for water quality testing are being installed in Christchurch to enhance the city’s drinking water testing programme.

Citycare Water carries out water quality tests on behalf of the Christchurch City Council in a regular cycle of visits to the city’s pump stations and residential sites 365 days a year.  

The new designated sample points improve the way Citycare Water staff carry out routine water sampling by reducing property visits and water pressure interruptions.

Progressively over the next three months sanitary water sample spigots and taps are being installed by the Citycare Water Construction Team for CCC inside fibre optic pedestals.

The pedestals are present in the city streets to house ultra-fast broadband connections for Enable, another council-owned company.

The innovative water sampling points were devised a year ago by Citycare Water Senior Engineer and Chlorination Team Leader John Porter and Enable was happy to share its pedestal technology and be involved, he says.

The CCC approved the idea and now in excess of 100 pedestals with water connections will be installed outside pump stations and in council road reserve at residents’ property frontages.

It’s been a collaborative project: Ian Baker, Process Engineer for CCC Network Operations, contributed to the design and the manufacture of the pedestals was arranged by Citycare Water Pumps Maintenance Team Leader Gary Withfield.