Wellington Water: Search for land-based emergency water sources nears completion

Wellington Water is close to completing its search for local water sources at parks, hospitals, and schools in metropolitan Wellington.

Drilling at 15 sites since last May has so far confirmed six locations for new emergency wells, part of an emergency network that will supply water from day eight after a major earthquake. Investigations at the final three sites will be completed by the end of the month.

Following a major quake, residential water supply could be out for up to 100 days or more in parts of Wellington. “The emergency network is part of a regional response to this,” says Wellington Water’s community engagement manager Alex van Paassen.

“But even if you live next door to one of these wells, people shouldn’t think they don’t need to do anything to be prepared at home, as it will take time to get the emergency network operating after an event.

“It’s vital that people know they’ll need to rely on water they’ve stored at home after an earthquake or other emergency. Having enough water stored at home is just part and parcel of being a Wellingtonian – you should be aiming for 20 litres for every person, per day, for those first seven days.”

As well as safe drinking water, households should have plans for what to do with toilet waste.

The emergency water network will supply more than 20 community water stations and 300 water collection points from wells, streams and rivers in Wellington, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt. It is the result of a partnership between all the four city councils and central government, and is aimed for completion in mid-2018.

This is part of a media release from Wellington Water. Click here to read the full media release.