Constructing the retaining wall - 1968 Water Supply Project

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Constructing the retaining wall - 1968 Water Supply Project.

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In 1968 a huge project to connect the new water supply to the town of Kawerau was undertaken. The source of the new water supply was springs located about one mile south of the township on the eastern bank of the Tarawera River. Once this project was completed it trebled the town’s pumping capacity enabling it to supply a demand of up to 3,750,000 gallons of water per day. The contractors were Pool Brothers Limited of Rotorua, and the Clerk of Works was the Borough Foreman, Joe Windley.

More than 6,000 super feet of treated radiata pine was used in construction of the retaining wall in the Springs. To form the wall the
tongue and groove boards were driven vertically into the bed of the spring with pneumatic hammers. Pictured are Roger Gray, Paul Newton and Ray Pool of the contracting team driving the boards in to form the retaining wall.
 
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