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Shotover Country Borefield and Treatment Plant

We're improving water infrastructure to meet the changing needs of communities in Shotover Country, Lakes Hayes Estate, Ladies Mile and Frankton Flats. 

About the project

This project will see the construction of a borefield and water treatment plant next to the existing bore in Shotover Country.

With the installation of four new bores, a water treatment plant, supporting infrastructure and landscaping, the project will build water treatment capacity and replace the existing infrastructure in Shotover Country. 

Fulton Hogan has been appointed as the main contractor for the project.

The project started in June 2021 and the majority of the project will be completed in September 2022, with landscaping being completed in October during planting season.

What's the latest?

We’ve completed the drilling of the new bores and have almost finished installing the underground pipework. The water treatment building has been fitted with all the large equipment, including the UV reactors, and the roof has been installed.

We’ve had some extensive delays as a lingering result of Covid-19 affecting the delivery of equipment and materials. This has unfortunately pushed our completion date out. The majority of the project will be completed in September, with landscaping being completed in October during planting season.

What's next?

We’re working on finishing off the water treatment building, with doors still to be installed and carpentry works to be completed.

We will also continue installing pipework underground, which will include some minor works to connect into the existing network. Once this is completed, enclosures around the bores will be constructed.

Then we will be into testing and commissioning of the bores and the treatment plant. Other works remaining include some landscaping and aesthetic works to get this project finished.

Queenstown Trail will also be reinstated and in the meantime we ask people to continue to follow the diversions

The benefits

This project will ensure that the Shotover Country, Lake Hayes Estate, Ladies Mile and Frankton Flats area will have a safe and sufficient supply of safe drinking water well into the future. 

Currently the supply for Shotover Country is insufficient and there are often water restrictions put in during summer. 

Significant thought has been put into landscaping to minimise the visual effects of the building, all while incorporating a diverse range of native species.


The site will be contained on the reserve and fenced from the public. The access to the site will be from Headley Drive and along the reserve parallel to the trail to the site. This will be clearly delineated from the trail to avoid any confusion and gates will be installed at the entrance near Headley drive to prevent public vehicle access onto the reserve. You can expect an increase in construction traffic through Shotover Country during the project.

During the drilling of the bores and the construction on the south side of the site, the Queenstown Trail will be relocated further south for the safety of the public. The temporary alignment will be constructed off line and the cut over will result in minimal disruption to the trail users. The original alignment will be reinstated at the end of the project.

There will be a robust environmental control plan ensuring that dust and sediment is controlled and ensure construction noise is within the permitted construction limits under the district plan.

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