Com­plaints lodged over water works

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A few in­con­ve­nient hours was the price Cam­borne paid to se­cure its water stocks in case of an emer­gency.

Houses on Tre­maine Pl and the top of Pope St strug­gled to get water out of their taps on Satur­day, March 17, while main­te­nance work was car­ried out on their 1.1-mil­lion-litre water tank by Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil.

Res­i­dents had been switched to a nearby tank ser­vic­ing Plim­mer­ton res­i­dents, but the sunny weather meant water ran out more quickly than ex­pected, says Porirua City Coun­cil act­ing gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions Ge­off Mar­shall.

‘‘ Satur­day was lovely weather and the de­mand for water was higher than on pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions and that’s why some peo­ple ran out of water.’’

The coun­cil re­ceived seven com­plaints that day but is not sure ex­actly how many peo­ple were af­fected or whether their water ran out or merely had low pres­sure. The prob­lem lasted from about 10.30am till 4.30pm.

Work is now fin­ished on Cam­borne’s tank. The work was car­ried out to se­cure Cam­borne’s water in the event of an earth­quake, Mr Mar­shall says.

Pre­vi­ously water from an Up­per Hutt reser­voir was fed into the bot­tom of the tank, mean­ing water would drain out if a pipe broke on its way from Up­per Hutt. Now water feeds into the top of the tank, so it will stay full if there are any prob­lems, he says.

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