Quake ef­fects Pu­taruru’s water

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

Pu­taruru’s water sup­ply was shaken and stirred by the Novem­ber 14 ‘Kaik­oura’ earth­quakes.

Al­most a year on from the 7.8 mag­ni­tude quake, the water sup­ply ser­vic­ing half of Pu­taruru’s homes con­tin­ues to feel the ef­fects, with an in­crease in pumice sed­i­ment be­ing trapped.

The Wai­hou water sup­ply ser­vices about 870 homes in Pu­taruru, and water man­agers are hav­ing to deal with an in­crease in coarse pumice ma­te­rial be­ing sucked into the sys­tem.

There has been no im­pact on water qual­ity for con­sumers but the South Waikato District Coun­cil is fork­ing out thou­sands of dol­lars to re­place the sys­tem’s course metal and mi­cro fil­ters more reg­u­larly.

Group as­sets man­ager Ted An­der­son said the pumice was pos­si­bly wear­ing out the main pumps as well.

‘‘The Kaik­oura earth­quake has some­how dis­turbed the sed­i­ment. You look at the water and it is still beau­ti­ful and pris­tine but there is quite a bit of sed­i­ment,’’ he said.

An­der­son said there was no telling how long the sed­i­ment would con­tinue to have an im­pact.

‘‘It is con­tin­u­ing to taper away and is far bet­ter than it was but whether it gets back to what it was be­fore is un­known as there is still a sig­nif­i­cant amount,’’ he said.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Kerry Fabrie said while pumice has al­ways been present it is the quan­tity be­ing seen since the earth­quake which is caus­ing con­cern.

‘‘The cur­rent fil­ters cost around $2500 each to change out. We used to change fil­ters four times a year but this has in­creased to just over monthly,’’ she said.

‘‘We are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion and could in­stall a coarse fil­ter be­fore the pump. We have not as yet in­ves­ti­gated the ad­di­tional fil­ter be­fore the pump so cost of that is un­known.’’

Fabrie said there was no need for con­sumers to worry.

‘‘There is no con­cern at all, the fil­ters trap down to one mi­cron as they al­ways have,’’ she said.

‘‘The only thing that has changed is the quan­tity of ma­te­rial be­ing caught. There is no im­pact on the ac­tual water de­liv­ered to homes.’’

An­der­son said he was con­fi­dent his team would be able to get on top of the is­sue. Tru­ancy We are work­ing with schools and tru­ancy groups in or­der to get kids back to school.

We cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate when peo­ple call us when they see kids wan­der­ing around. Un­der the Ed­u­ca­tion Act we uplift th­ese kids and take them back to school.

The rea­son be­hind why we need to keep them in school is not just about learn­ing, it also teaches them so­cial skills as well which keeps them out of trou­ble.

If you are a par­ent strug­gling to get your kids to at­tend school come and see us and we can have a chat to see what we can work out. Fam­ily harm We had 20 in­ci­dents this week which is get­ting up there. Two of th­ese re­sulted in ar­rests for mak­ing threats.

It is al­co­hol and other in­tox­i­cat­ing sub­stances that are lead­ing to the ma­jor­ity of th­ese. Bur­glar­ies We had five bur­glar­ies for the week which was not good.

Mainly lawn­mow­ers, chain­saws and things like that have been tar­geted.

Many of th­ese are tak­ing place dur­ing the day and I’d sug­gest peo­ple are prob­a­bly see­ing things that look out of place. We re­ally need peo­ple to call us to let us know if they do.

If you see some­one walking down the street with a lawn­mower it doesn’t hurt to call us so we can check it out.

*Se­nior Sergeant Ja­son Hen­der­son

Pu­taruru’s water sup­ply is con­tin­u­ing to feel the ef­fects of the 2016 Kaik­oura earth­quake.

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