Whitianga's new water treatment plant is officially open 18 July 2019 Whitianga's new water treatment plant is now officially open, marking an important milestone in our drinking water standards upgrade project. Our Council is spending close to $16 million over the next three years to upgrade 10 water treatment facilities across our district. "We're being proactive about what we need to do to keep improving the quality of our drinking water supplies," says our Council's Operations Group Manager Bruce Hinson. The Whitianga water treatment plant at Moewai Rd was the first plant to be upgraded, and over the last few months Masons Engineers has been building a new $2.8 million water treatment facility on the same site as the old one. This is a brand new plant (pictured above), with the latest technology and methodologies for treating our water. Tairua and Pauanui are the next towns on the upgrade schedule, with replacement plants due to be commissioned in September and later this year respectively. The next town on the upgrade schedule is Coromandel, with the remaining treatment plants across the district following on behind that. All of these upgrades will ensure our drinking water quality complies with the current NZ Drinking Water standards. The drinking water treatment plant at Thames was upgraded more recently than the other plants, and is not due for an upgrade as part of this project. For more information on our drinking water standards upgrade click here.