Hawera Water Tower Open Day Sunday

Hawera Water Tower Open Day Sunday

Friday, February 05, 2016

The iconic Hawera Water Tower is once again open to the public following the completion of some minor safety works and to celebrate an Open Day (free entry) is being held on Sunday 7 February.

The historic Hawera structure was temporarily closed in August last year after a structural engineer’s report advised that some work was needed to make the Tower safe.

South Taranaki District Council group manager of engineering services, Brent Manning, says the report found that unreinforced masonry balustrade on the Tower presented a risk of falling on people during a moderate earthquake and needed to be fixed. However the Tower’s structural integrity was sound, meeting 70% of the New Building Standard (the minimum requirement is 34% of the NBS) and required no further strengthening.

“It was very good news that the Water Tower was found to be structurally sound because this minimised our costs considerably. Of all our buildings the Water Tower was the one that was potentially going to be the most expensive to strengthen,” he says.

“As well as securing the masonary balustrade the original overflow pipe for the water tank on top of the Water Tower was removed after rust had made it unsafe. The total safety work was completed for just under $40,000,” says Mr Manning.

Following the Open Day on Sunday 7 February (which runs from 10am – 2pm) a Night Climb is planned for Friday 12 February from 7pm – 9:30pm.

“There is a cost for the night climb; Adults $2.50, Child $1.00 or a Family Pass is $6.99. Children under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult and you will need to bring your own torch,” he says.