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Southern Pipeline

The Southern Pipeline is a large wastewater pipeline that is needed to future-proof our city and protect our environment. It will give the city’s wastewater network some much-needed capacity which will reduce the risk of sewer overflows into the harbour.

The steady growth of our city is putting increasing pressure on the wastewater treatment plant at Chapel Street. This is a risk for both our city and environment, as it increases the potential for sewer overflows into the harbour. The Southern Pipeline will redirect some of the city’s wastewater to the treatment plant at Te Maunga, which has extra capacity. The new pipeline will relieve the enormous burden that is on the Chapel Street treatment plant, allowing the plant to improve its performance.

Construction began in 2009 and the pipeline is already operational from Maleme Street to Memorial Park. The section between Matapihi and Te Maunga is nearly finished, and the pipeline will be fully operational by early 2018.

The projected final cost for the entire project sits at around $99 million.

Last Reviewed: 11/12/2017

Latest news

Construction challenges likely to extend pipeline harbour crossing work

Posted: 17 November 2017

A series of challenges has slowed progress on the Southern Pipeline harbour crossing project, with a possibility that the final phase of construction work will extend into the new year.

Southern Pipeline harbour crossing update October 2017

Posted: 27 October 2017

Work on the Southern Pipeline Harbour Crossing is entering its final stages, with the last phase of reaming now underway.

Southern Pipeline drilling hits the target

Posted: 07 August 2017

The drilling phase of the Southern Pipeline Harbour Crossing project is now complete.

Southern Pipeline harbour crossing work resumes

Posted: 24 July 2017

Work was today resuming on the Southern Pipeline.

Mud in harbour

Posted: 20 July 2017

At 9am this morning Tauranga City Council stopped work on the Southern Pipeline harbour crossing because mud used for drilling seeped through loose ground and reached the low tide harbour surface on the Memorial Park side.

Southern Pipeline drilling begins

Posted: 19 July 2017

Construction progress on the Southern Pipeline harbour crossing has passed some important milestones as drilling under the harbour gets underway between Matapihi and Memorial Park.

Tour of Southern Pipeline work site at Memorial Park - July 2017

Posted: 18 July 2017

Tauranga City Council's Steve Wiggill takes us through the construction site at Memorial Park.

Tour of Southern Pipeline site at Matapihi - July 2017

Posted: 18 July 2017

The Southern Pipeline route will be drilled from Matapihi across to Memorial Park deep beneath the harbour bed. 

Pipeline construction moves forward

Posted: 25 May 2017

Construction is underway on the final stage of the Southern Pipeline – the harbour crossing between Memorial Park and Matapihi. Large steel pipes will start being driven into the harbour at Matapihi this week.


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