Rain­wa­ter tank wins award

Kapi-Mana News - - 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.

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.

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