Complaints lodged over water works
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.