Rainwater tanks (including diverter) can be purchased for $100 from the main Council offices located at 838–842 Fergusson Drive (while stocks last). The tank holds 200L of water, it is 1200mm high and 650mm wide. When empty, the tank weighs 7.5 kg.

For transporting – one tank can fit into the back seat of a standard 4 door car.

All water tanks must be placed on solid ground

If you are placing the tank on anything other than solid ground, please contact Council on (04) 527-2169 or email us to check whether building or resource consent may be required.

There are two methods of payment for Upper Hutt City Council:

  1. Pay CASH or EFTPOS at the cashier counter in the Council offices located at 838 Fergusson Drive, between 8am–5pm weekdays and collect the tank from there.
    Upper Hutt City Council DOES NOT accept credit cards. If you wish to pay by that method we recommend you purchase the tank from the Lower Hutt i-Site in Laings Road who is also selling this product. Please note that the price is $105.00 to cover the credit card commission. You can contact Lower Hutt i-Site by phone (04) 560-4715 or email info@huttvalleynz.com.
  2. If you work outside Upper Hutt e.g. Wellington you can pay direct to our bank account ANZ 01-0771-0018890-03, put your surname and the code 4807502 as references on the transaction and then ring us the next day to ensure the money is cleared so we can have your phone number and arrange a pick up time for you to collect the tank after hours or you could collect from our cashier office 8am–5pm weekdays or alternately normal hours at Central Library. Central Library is open weekdays 10am–7pm, and on weekends from 10am–4pm.

Where possible council may be able to assist with delivery of the tanks for Upper Hutt customers who are public transport users and are unable to put a tank on a bus, train etc or customers who are house bound (elderly or serious health issues). This service however, works around council staff work schedules and goodwill of council staff.

For more information about the rainwater supply tank, a list of commonly asked questions is provided below. You can also contact us by telephone on (04) 527-2169 or email us.

Links to more information including tanks installers and emergency preparedness are provided in the Resources and Links section.

Facts and Questions

Q  Are consents required for installing rainwater tanks – for certain sizes, table height greater than 1m off the ground etc?
A  Consent may be required if this rainwater tank is not being placed on solid ground. Consent is also required for tanks that hold more than 25,000 litres (this rainwater tank holds 200 litres). Please contact Council on (04) 527-2169 or email us if you are unsure of whether building or resource consent may be required.

Q  Do I have to boil the water?
A  Yes. Health advice is to boil all drinking water from the water tank in an emergency.

Q  Is the tank available in other colours or sizes?
A  No. The tank sold through the councils is only available in 200L tanks – in heritage green and birch silver. Tanks of other colours and sizes may be available through your hardware store or from www.thetankguy.co.nz

Q  Can I buy the tank without the fittings (e.g diverter)?
A  No. The tank, diverter and fittings are a package deal and are not available separately.

Q  Can I link more than one tank together?
A  Yes. A series of water tanks can be connected together. You will need to buy additional material (connecting pipes) from your local hardware store.

Q  Do I have to fit the tank to a downpipe?
A  No. The tank can be used to store 200L of tap water, which should be refreshed every 12 months. It can then be connected to the downpipe in an emergency.

Q  What is the tank made of?
A  UV resistant, food grade plastic. It is certified as meeting New Zealand standards for water storage.

Q  How do I install the tank?
Installation instructions are provided with the tank. Further information including a Youtube video is available from www.emergencywatersupply.co.nz

Q  Do I have to attach the tank to my house?
A  It is strongly recommended that the tanks are attached to a firm structure. This could be a house, garage, fence or retaining wall. The tank kit includes webbing and hooks suitable for attaching the tank. Attaching the tank improves the chances of the tank staying upright in an earthquake or other emergency.

Q  Are these tanks subsidised by ratepayers?
A  No. The Wellington Regional Emergency Office (WREMO) has been able to negotiate a bulk order with the tank manufacturer to provide the tank and fittings at this price (retail price of tank and fittings is approximately $250). Council staff and facilities have helped to maintain the low cost of the tank.

Q  There is a problem with the tank I purchased.
A  Any problems should be referred to The Tank Guy by phoning 0508 326 8888 or by sending an email to emergencyrainwatertank@mouldingsunlimited.co.nz

Q  Can I do a bulk order?
A  Yes, provided the order is larger than 200 tanks. Community organisations should email WREMO – wremo@gw.govt.nz who will help coordinate an order and delivery.

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Last updated on 28 Jun 2016