Queenstown’s new UV filter is expected to arrive in our district next week, and is still on track to be installed and commissioned by December 8.

Mayor Glyn Lewers says the containerised system, from the Waimakariri District, is currently being fitted out, out of district, with contractors
beginning site prep at Two Mile this week.

Lewers says once the container arrives, there’ll be a bit more ground work required, to connect it to Queenstown’s network, before it’s commissioned by regulator Taumata Arowai.

‘‘We’re working through that now,’’ Lewers says.

While the exact cost of the UV filter, and its installation, is a moving feast, Lewers says it could cost between $5 million and $10m.

‘‘Obviously, we’re doing it at pace — making sure we get the costs right and doing it correctly is at the forefront of our minds.

‘‘The bespoke work, when the container turns up, that’ll probably be where we incur a little bit more cost than we expected, but that’s just the nature of construction when you’re doing it at pace.’’

Once commissioned, it’ll spell the end of the ‘boil water’ notice put in place for Queenstown on September 18 due to a cryptosporidium outbreak around the resort.

About 60 cases were reported to health authorities after the notice was put in.

The ‘boil water’ notice was lifted at Kelvin Heights, which also supplies Frankton and Hanley’s Farm, on October 5.

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