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We are responsible for rebuilding our city's water network. The people of Christchurch need a clean and reliable supply of tap water. Many Christchurch businesses depend on a robust supply of water to manufacture products, keeping our economy moving and providing essential goods and services.

What does fresh water include?

Fresh water, as opposed to wastewater and storm water, is clean water that is delivered to domestic and commercial customers, rather than discharged by them. What we mean by fresh water is what you expect to be delivered when you turn on a tap. While it's not always used for drinking, it needs to be delivered in potable (drinkable) quality. In a domestic setting, it's typically used for cooking, laundry, bathing, garden watering, and for water coming into the toilet.

Some industries make heavy use of water for cooling and cleaning of machinery. Commercially, it's also used as an ingredient in manufacturing and preparing food products. Businesses will also use water to a lesser extent for the same purposes as homes: washing, cleaning, incoming toilet water, even cooking and gardening in some cases.

Work underway on the fresh water network

Starting Work Description
28 Apr 2014 Willock Place and April Place - Hillsborough - water main *Update*
31 Mar 2014 Chester Street West - Central city - renewing the water main *Update* 12
17 Mar 2014 Newport Street - Emlyn and Tenby places - Lower Avondale - Drinking water pipe repairs
4 Mar 2014 Avonside and Linwood - Repair of the earthquake damaged infrastructure - Overview
3 Mar 2014 Worsley Road - Cracroft - reservoir repairs - Works complete
24 Feb 2014 Ford Road - Opawa - wastewater renewal - Footpath closure
24 Feb 2014 Brougham Street - Sydenham / Waltham - wastewater - storm water - fresh water and roading repair work
24 Feb 2014 Mackenzie Avenue - Opawa - wastewater renewal - Footpath closure
23 Feb 2014 Fitzgerald Avenue and Leeds Street - Central City - water supply pipe replacement
10 Feb 2014 Beckford Road - Opawa - water main replacement
23 Jan 2014 Shirley - Stormwater - Freshwater - Road Reconstruction
22 Jan 2014 Bickerton Street - Wainoni - Fresh water pipe installation
20 Jan 2014 Opawa / Woolston - roading repair - project overview
14 Jan 2014 Dennitt Street - New Brighton - wastewater and water submain replacement
13 Jan 2014 Bickerton Street - Wainoni - Drinking water pipe repairs
6 Jan 2014 Central City - Wastewater work - January–November 2014 - Overview
6 Jan 2014 Central City - roading repair - project overview
6 Jan 2014 Kilmore Street (part of) - Central City - water main renewal
6 Jan 2014 Mchaffies Place - Wainoni - Watermain repairs
1 Jan 2014 Main Road - Moncks Bay - water supply pump station and pressure main
13 Dec 2013 New Brighton newsletter: Works in your area - December 2013
4 Dec 2013 Beckford Road - Opawa - wastewater renewal *Update*
1 Dec 2013 Woolston - Project Overview
27 Nov 2013 Kilmore Street (part of) - Central City - water main renewal
21 Nov 2013 Cuffs Road - Wainoni - Watermain repairs
20 Nov 2013 Allison Place - Shirley - Water main installation *Update*
20 Nov 2013 Spurway Place - Shirley - water main installation
18 Nov 2013 Exeter Street - Merivale - water supply pipeline renewal
18 Nov 2013 Hills Road - Shirley - Fire hydrant installation - night works
15 Nov 2013 Durham Street South - Central City - Wastewater pipe repairs and water shutdown