Wa­ter tank wins global en­ergy prize

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/ NEWS -

A low-cost wa­ter tank de­signed to help people get through in an emer­gency has won the 2014 Global En­ergy Award for Sus­tain­abil­ity.

The sim­ple but in­no­va­tive de­sign was de­vel­oped by Welling­ton Re­gional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Of­fice, eight coun­cils in the Welling­ton re­gion and rain­wa­ter tank man­u­fac­turer The Tank Guy.

The tank can hold 200 litres and pro­vide enough wa­ter for a fam­ily of four for up to two weeks in a cri­sis.

The Min­istry of Civil De­fence and Emer­gency Man­age­ment rec­om­mends stor­ing at least three litres of wa­ter per per­son for three days. You will also need wa­ter for pets, food prepa­ra­tion, cook­ing and per­sonal hy­giene. In a more ex­treme sce­nario, it is es­ti­mated that fol­low­ing a 7.5 earthquake in Welling­ton, it will take at least 40 days to re­store the city’s main sup­ply lines and longer to re­store wa­ter con­nec­tion to house­holds in the sub­urbs.

The new tank is small, light­weight and holds 200 litres of wa­ter, meets all rel­e­vant New Zealand food and drink­able wa­ter stan­dards, has good UV dura­bil­ity and comes with a 10-year war­ranty.

Sarah Gau­den-Ing and Scott Dray from Welling­ton Re­gional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Of­fice, who man­aged the win­ning project, said that a key part of the tank’s suc­cess was the af­ford­abil­ity. It costs $105.

Nick Leggett, Porirua mayor and chair­man of the civil de­fence and emer­gency man­age­ment group for the re­gion, said the tank is a con­ve­nient, easy and rel­a­tively af­ford­able way for people to pre­pare for an emer­gency.

‘‘Their pop­u­lar­ity is al­ready help­ing people to store wa­ter and im­prove the re­silience of the Welling­ton re­gion,’’ he said.

More than 4000 tanks have been sold across the re­gion. They are avail­able from lo­cal coun­cils.

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