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It's the end of the St Marys Bay interceptor project. The interceptor is to try and stop raw poohs pouring into Westhaven, the Viaduct and the harbour when it rains a lot. This currently happens

Selling these at Mitre10 Hamilton

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I wouldn't be surprised if it gets re-purposed as a desalination pick-up pipe by this summer, to help with the water shortage.

Excellent spot for it, high tidy flow for dispersion of the brackish water, plenty of space there on the Pt Erin side of the harbour bridge for the desalination plant to be located, and they can hook into the big water mains going over the harbour bridge for distribution.

Strewth, they could even park one of these rumoured Saudi desalination barges inside Watchman Island, or tie it up to the jack up platform that is there now. It would look like they are still constructing the stormwater outfall, we wouldn't even know its a desal unit unless they told us...

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1 hour ago, erice said:

it does appear that part of the deal to get more waikato water for drinking, is that auckland start recycling some of its wastewater for drinking 

but some "customary"? issues will have to be worked through first

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12345648

John Minto battled Auckland City Council for years regarding his self supplied water source containment.

Greatest contributing tragedy of this fiasco was the monetisation of a basic human essential resource.

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1 hour ago, Priscilla II said:

John Minto battled Auckland City Council for years regarding his self supplied water source containment.

Greatest contributing tragedy of this fiasco was the monetisation of a basic human essential resource.

Yep. Water supply needs to be owned by public. Should not be for profit. Ever. What's next? Air?

But being less political - Is the problem so badly managed that we're seriously looking at desalination? Massive energy costs associated with that...

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50 minutes ago, DrWatson said:

But being less political - Is the problem so badly managed that we're seriously looking at desalination? Massive energy costs associated with that...

Yes.

'We' are seriously looking at desalination...

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No joke.

The Saudi's have these desalination barges, they use them over part of the year but don't really need them for the rest of the year, so we can lease them. One barge can produce about 5% of Auckland's daily consumption. Of course the Saudi's have loads of cheap oil to run these things with. I'm not sure what we would run them on, but it will be expensive either way.

On a related note, I am struggling to imagine the economic impact if water restrictions are increased. A water shortage could be as bad, or worse than lockdown for the economy. Think of any business that does any food prep, resturants, take aways, cafes, food processing factories. Then other water intensive industries, construction (concrete), a number of manufacturing processes, on it goes...

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