Rainwater tank wins award
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.
It is estimated that following a 7.5 earthquake in the Wellington region, 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 costs $105 and is available from local councils.
Nick Leggett, Porirua mayor and regional civil defence chairman, said it was an easy and affordable way for people to prepare for an emergency.
Prepared: Gary King, Porirua mayor Nick Leggett, Scott Dray and Sarah Gauden-Ing of the Emergency Management Office and the rainwater tank.