Bridget Fitzgerald, Northern Sector Manager
Morphum Environmental’s Northern Sector team, based in Warkworth, have been improving and maintaining amenities at all of your favourite summer locations across the wider Auckland region, as part of the Auckland regional small water supplies and wastewater services advice contract.
The contract was awarded in November 2014, and the projects involved have been so varied and interesting. This goes with the territory when you are providing advice on water and wastewater assets located in remote, rural, and coastal locations of Auckland!
Waharau Regional Park, Shakspear Regional Park, Onetangi Sports Park (Waiheke Island), and Arataki Visitors Centre have all required resource consent renewals, so we have been lucky to visit north, west, south and central regions to do this.
We are currently progressing efficient solutions for telemetry improvements in conjunction with Auckland Council and Maintenance Contractors. This will provide for improved data access, response times and information sharing when it comes to water takes and wastewater discharge flows.
Communications with the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) have been ongoing and – in line with our joint commitment to safe drinking water – we have seen annual water supply risk reviews and site audits established in conjunction with ARPHS, Auckland Council and Maintenance Contractors. It has been more than a year since we completed water safety plans for several sites; it will to be great to get back on site to some of these spots to recap on progress.
We are continuing to assist with CAPEX identification and operational reviews to help ensure value for money. This has included reviewing water sampling frequencies and assessing tank cleaning strategies. We are also assisting to develop water supply improvements at remote baches during peak summer periods, and even providing advice on waterless and powerless toilet options for Great Barrier Island.