New Melrose Reservoir

23 January 2015

Work starts this week on a new reservoir in Mount Albert Park – part of our ongoing programme to make the city’s water storage facilities and supply network stronger, safer and better able to meet the needs of our growing population.

Artist's impression of the new Melrose reservoir.

Artist's impression of the new Melrose reservoir (left)

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The new reservoir – which is on the ridge above the National Hockey Stadium in Berhampore – will hold 2.2 million litres of water and provide three times more water storage for the Melrose, Southgate and Houghton Bay areas.

A lot of work has been done over the past 20 years to earthquake-strengthen existing reservoirs, build new ones to stringent seismic standards and install automatic shut-off valves so the tanks don’t empty if the pipe network is damaged.

About 66 percent of the water in the city is now stored in reservoirs that have been seismically strengthened and more than 95 percent have shut-off valves.

The new Mount Albert Park reservoir will be more resilient during a severe earthquake and also allow for population growth over the next 80 years.  It will replace the older of the park’s two reservoirs, which was built in 1910. The other one, built in 1954, is not on the list to be strengthened or replaced at this stage.

When the reservoir is complete in about a year’s time, there will be full landscaping over the top which will provide additional recreation space.

Mount Albert Park has extensive walking tracks and expansive views over Lyall Bay, Evans Bay and the eastern suburbs and you can continue to enjoy the park throughout the construction period.

Some small diversions and temporary tracks will be in place for the next few months to avoid the construction site but these should only add a few minutes to usual walking times.

For more information on this project, see: Major Projects - Wellington Water