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Second Swabbing Scheduled - Palmerston North

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Fuseworks Media

The Palmerston North City Council would like to advise residents that the second swabbing of water mains is likely to take place next week.

Horizons Regional Council has approved the swabbing at night only if there are peak Manawatu River volumes and an abundance of rainfall to allow the water to flush into the river.

Council staff will meet on Monday to confirm whether swabbing can take place. If the conditions are right, swabbing will be conducted on the 2003 PVC main from the Ngahere Park Reservoirs to the Fitzherbert Bridge.

The City Council is carrying out the cleaning to remove iron and manganese compounds which have become attached to the pipeline over years. The outcome will be an improved clarity and quality of water and a minimum of sediment in the pipes.

Council Planning Engineer Natasha Simmons says there may be some slight instances of discoloured water during the process and explains that, if people do experience it, they should run their tap for 10 to 15 minutes and if the water doesn't clear ring the Council.

The Council has already conducted one swabbing this year, cleaning the 1957 main from the Turitea Water Treatment Plant to the Fitzherbert Bridge on 1 September.

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