Quick fix option for well heads approved

Up to $2 million will be spent on carrying out interim remediation work on dozens of Christchurch cities below ground wellheads.

Christchurch City Council has given the go-ahead for interim remediation work to be done on up to 42 below ground wellheads that tap into flowing artesian aquifers where the risk of contamination is low.

By doing minor work on those wellheads, the Council can bring them up to the standard required to obtain secure status for the next two years, but in the future they will need to be replaced with above ground wellheads or abandoned.

The interim remediation work will get underway this summer provided water use can be kept at a level low enough to allow the wells to be temporarily taken out of service.

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