Apol­ogy af­ter no wa­ter

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

There was no wa­ter for al­most the en­tire day in Taka­puwahia on June 15, caus­ing church ser­vice can­cel­la­tions and forc­ing people to go to the toi­let out­side.

Chapel St’s Aneta Green­ing said there was no wa­ter from about 9am till 8pm. She said the com­mu­ni­ca­tion from Porirua City Coun­cil was dread­ful, and her calls went to the coun­cil’s call cen­tre in Palmer­ston North.

A wa­ter truck came in the af­ter­noon, by which stage some people were get­ting quite des­per­ate, she said.

‘‘We should have been told ear­lier in the day. People were brassed off, this sort of thing shouldn’t hap­pen to­day.

‘‘There was no com­mu­ni­ca­tion from any­one – in the end I called [for­mer deputy mayor] Liz Kelly to get some ques­tions an­swered.

Porirua City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son said coun­cil work­ers at­tempt­ing to fix one break in a wa­ter pipe found three sep­a­rate breaks.

He said it was an un­usual and es­ca­lated sit­u­a­tion for the two ser­vice­men, and four more were soon called in.

A loud­hailer was used to in­form people but he said more should have been done.

‘‘The com­mu­ni­ca­tion re­gard­ing where to get wa­ter was not good. We apol­o­gise for the dis­rup­tion this caused the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Kelly con­firmed she was con­tacted by res­i­dents and went to the sub­urb to get an­swers.

She con­tacted Simp­son who came out to see the sit­u­a­tion.

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