Water containers a hot item after quake
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.