Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


The Tap's Back on for Water Storage Lake

NEWS RELEASE

28 September 2012

The Tap's Back on for Water Storage Lake

The turn of a tap last Friday signalled the start of filling for Greater Wellington's newly-strengthened and enlarged southern water storage lake at Te Marua, which has been empty since September last year.

Lake filling began with a modest 450 litres (about three baths' full) per second, but will increase to as much as 800 litres per second once the water levels are high enough to stop incoming water disturbing the lake's bed. The filling should take up to seven weeks, resulting in two million cubic metres of water - roughly twice the volume of the Westpac Stadium - in the lake by November.

"The good news is that the southern lake is now not only stronger in an earthquake, it's also gone from 16 to 17 metres deep, providing 240 million litres more stored water once it's filled," says Cr Nigel Wilson, Chair of Greater Wellington's Social and Cultural Wellbeing Committee.

"However, we'll still have an empty lake this summer, only it'll be the northern lake. We'll start the summer with only half the usual lake water in reserve for the region's cities, so we'll be asking people to save a bit more water again this summer to make sure there's enough to go around if we have long spells of warm, dry weather."

Draining of the northern lake is likely to begin in November. Upgrading work will take place over summer and autumn, and is expected to be finished by December 2013.

The two Te Marua lakes provide a backup water source for Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wellington when river levels are low.

See www.gw.govt.nz/water for more information about the lakes upgrade and easy ways to conserve water this summer.


Q&As

WHAT'S GREATER WELLINGTON'S ROLE IN SUPPLYING WATER?
Greater Wellington supplies treated bulk water to the Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wellington city councils. Most of this water comes from the Hutt, Wainuiomata and Orongorongo rivers, and an aquifer. In summer, water from the Te Marua storage lakes makes up for any shortages from these sources.

WHY ARE YOU UPGRADING THE TE MARUA LAKES?
The earthquake strengthening work is needed to meet national dam safety guidelines. The capacity increase of the two lakes combined will give us another 400 million litres of stored water - this amount could be enough to maintain water supply for up to two weeks longer in a drought.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO UPGRADE THE LAKES?
Greater Wellington is upgrading the Te Marua lakes by installing a tough, flexible plastic liner to prevent leaks following a major earthquake, and raising the outer walls to increase the lakes' combined storage capacity by 13%. This work has been completed for the southern lake and will begin in a few months for the northern lake.

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS WORK OVER SUMMER?
Most of the upgrading work requires a dry lake bed and dry conditions, which are most likely during summer.

WHERE DOES THE WATER FOR FILLING THE SOUTHERN LAKE COME FROM?
The southern lake will be refilled from the Hutt River at the Kaitoke Weir, north of Upper Hutt.

WILL YOU BE USING THE REVISED KAITOKE WEIR CONSENT TO GET ENOUGH WATER?
In August 2011, Greater Wellington was granted consent to reduce the allowable minimum water flow in the Hutt River at Kaitoke Weir for up to three years if needed while our stored water reserves are halved due to the upgrade. However, our aim is to avoid using the revised consent for refilling unless high demand and a dry spell require it. The weather outlook is for normal rainfall levels over the next two months.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news