Wa­ter con­tain­ers a hot item af­ter quake

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Peo­ple are stock­ing up on wa­ter con­tain­ers in Porirua so quickly that the city’s emer­gency man­age­ment team is scram­bling to place ex­tra or­ders.

The day af­ter the earth­quake on July 21, Porirua’s iSite in the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict had a steady flow of cus­tomers buy­ing the 10- litre, 15- litre and 200-litre wa­ter con­tain­ers.

By the end of last week, 57 of the 200-litre ones had been sold.

‘‘ We would nor­mally sell a hand­ful ev­ery month,’’ Porirua emer­gency man­age­ment of­fi­cer Trevor Farmer said.

‘‘You ex­pect a spike af­ter a ma­jor event like we had but this has been pretty crazy. We have gone through nearly a pal­let of the 10-litre ones as well.’’

The 200- litre con­tain­ers, which are made in Ashurst and sell for $105, con­nect to a down­pipe and col­lect rain­wa­ter.

Mr Farmer said they were easy to in­stall and a very use­ful part of emer­gency pre­pared­ness.

Wa­ter is cru­cial in the af­ter­math of a disas­ter.

‘‘If you don’t have food, you lose weight, but if you don’t have wa­ter, you get sick. De­hy­dra­tion is very bad.’’

Porirua has 65 25,000-litre con­tain­ers around the city and the emer­gency man­age­ment team will hold talks to com­mu­nity groups in com­ing weeks.

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