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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 Oct 2014 Gloucester Street - Central Business District - Central city - fresh water repairs *Update*
13 Oct 2014 Owles Terrace - South New Brighton - water main repairs
6 Oct 2014 Bealey Avenue - Central City - water main renewal
25 Sep 2014 St Heliers Crescent - Aranui - water main installation - Traffic *Update*
22 Sep 2014 Guernsey Street - Aranui - water main installation - Traffic *Update*
19 Sep 2014 Woodlands Place - Aranui - water main installation - Traffic *Update*
15 Sep 2014 Woodlands Place - Guernsey Street and St Heliers Crescent - Aranui - Water main installation
10 Sep 2014 Central City South - East of Colombo Street - Update of earthquake repairs - September / October Overview
10 Sep 2014 Central City South - West of Colombo Street - Update of earthquake repairs - September / October Overview
8 Sep 2014 Durham Street South - Central City - wastewater repair
4 Sep 2014 Beresford Street - New Brighton - watermain
1 Sep 2014 Hardy Street / Beresford Street - New Brighton - watermain
21 Aug 2014 Fitzgerald Avenue (between Tuam Street and St Asaph Street) - Central City - water supply repairs
18 Aug 2014 Worcester Street - Linwood - watermain installation
15 Aug 2014 Antigua Street - Central city - Repair of damaged wastewater and water system *Update*
12 Aug 2014 Bass Street - Linwood - water main installation *Update*
6 Aug 2014 Soleares Avenue - Mt Pleasant - Infrastructure Repair *Update*
4 Aug 2014 Bass Street - Linwood - Water main installation
4 Aug 2014 Owles Terrace / Beresford Street - New Brighton - We will be installing a new water main - storm water main and wastewater pipe - During this time we will also be installing sheet piles in the river - Pump station installation will follow on from this
1 Aug 2014 Central City South - West of Colombo Street - Wastewater - storm water - water and roading - August 2014 Overview
1 Aug 2014 Central City South - East of Colombo Street - Wastewater - storm water - water and roading - August 2014 Overview
31 Jul 2014 Madras Street - Central City - Water main renewal *Update* 2
24 Jul 2014 Madras Street - Central City - Water main renewal *Update*
23 Jul 2014 Hulbert Street - Linwood - watermain repair *Update*
21 Jul 2014 Binstead Place - Avondale - replacement of fresh water sub-mains
21 Jul 2014 Hulbert Street - Linwood - watermain installation
14 Jul 2014 Winchcombe Street - Central City south - Repair of damaged fresh water system and roading
4 Jul 2014 Hereford Street - Central City - Water main renewal - night work - Traffic *Update*
2 Jul 2014 Hereford Street - Central City - night work - Water main renewal *Update*
1 Jul 2014 Central City South - East of Colombo Street - earthquake repairs to wastewater - storm water - water and roads *Update*