Drain­ing lake

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

The drain­ing of the south­ern Stu­art Ma­caskill water stor­age lake at Te Marua has be­gun, sig­nalling less stored water for the re­gion, in­clud­ing Porirua, this sum­mer.

The two lakes are be­ing up­graded to boost both earthquake re­sis­tance and stor­age ca­pac­ity.

‘‘We’ve found that the lakes’ em­bank­ments may crack in a ma­jor earthquake . . . seis­mic strength­en­ing is a top pri­or­ity to meet new dam safety guide­lines,’’ Greater Welling­ton’s so­cial and cul­tural well­be­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Nigel Wilson said.

The up­grade works will re­quire a lake to be empty this sum­mer and the next – and pos­si­bly a third sum­mer if there are any con­struc­tion de­lays.

Mr Wilson says Greater Welling­ton will be work­ing closely with the city coun­cils to let the pub­lic know how we’re do­ing for water and pro­vide tips on how peo­ple can help so that we don’t go short of water for es­sen­tial uses.

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