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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
24 Jul 2014 Madras Street - Central City - Water main renewal *Update*
21 Jul 2014 Hulbert Street - Linwood - watermain installation
21 Jul 2014 Binstead Place - Avondale - replacement of fresh water sub-mains
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 - West of Colombo Street - earthquake repairs to wastewater - storm water - water and roads *Update*
1 Jul 2014 Central City South - East of Colombo Street - earthquake repairs to wastewater - storm water - water and roads *Update*
1 Jul 2014 Clifton - water main and fresh water pump station installation - Overview
1 Jul 2014 Dunbars Road Reservoir - Halswell - Earthquake repairs of the water reservoir
30 Jun 2014 Hereford Street - Central City - Water main renewal - night works
23 Jun 2014 Waratah Street - Avondale - replacement of fresh water sub-mains
23 Jun 2014 New Brighton - fresh water and storm water repair work - Overview
18 Jun 2014 Brougham Street 159–183 - Sydenham - water main replacement *Update*
16 Jun 2014 Madras Street - Central City - Water main renewal
16 Jun 2014 Avondale - Replacing and repairing storm water and freshwater mains and undertaking road repairs - Project overview
9 Jun 2014 Olds Place - Woolston / Ferrymead - water main replacement
2 Jun 2014 Peterborough Street (sections of) and Victoria Street - Central City - Water main renewal
29 May 2014 Kibblewhite Street - New Brighton - storm water and water main
26 May 2014 Keyes Road roundabout - New Brighton - watermain replacement *Update*
26 May 2014 Chester Street West - between Cranmer Square and Durham Street North - Central city - Infrastructure renewal *Update* 13
21 May 2014 Kilmore Street - Central City - Water main renewal *Update*
9 May 2014 Kibblewhite Street - South New Brighton - storm water and water main repairs *Update*
5 May 2014 Brougham Street 159–183 - Sydenham - water main replacement *Update*
28 Apr 2014 Barbadoes Street (part of) - Christchurch Central - water main renewal
28 Apr 2014 Willock Place and April Place - Hillsborough - water main *Update*
17 Apr 2014 New Brighton newsletter: Works in your area - Edition 8: April 2014
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