The official opening of the Branxholme Water Treatment Plant was held on Monday following the completion of a $12 million upgrade of the facility.
It was attended by about 70 people, including senior Invercargill City Council (ICC) staff, Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie, New Zealand First MP Ria Bond, Southland District Mayor Gary Tong and Environment Southland chairman Nicol Horrell.
ICC water manager Alister Murray said the upgrade involved replacing obsolete equipment and introducing new technology designed to provide Invercargill and Bluff residents with cleaner, better tasting drinking water.
The upgrade included installing a new lift pump station, UV reactor, backwash tank, and Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filters designed to remove taste and treat odour.
The water treatment plant can provide up to 45,000 cubic metres of water a day, serving a population of about 45,000 plus industry, including two meat and milk plants.