Raetihi Diesel Spill: Cleaning of Raetihi Reservoir
Sunday 6 October 2013
Raetihi Diesel Spill Happening Today: Cleaning of Raetihi Reservoir, Door to Door Water Deliveries
Ruapehu District Council (RDC) will begin cleaning the Raetihi reservoir today as part of its plan to restore water to Raetihi following a diesel spill from the Turoa ski field on Friday.
It is currently anticipated that reticulated non-potable (non-drinkable) water will be available from Wednesday 16 October.
RDC Chief Executive and Civil Defence Controller, Peter Till, said that during the cleaning of the reservoir residents will see dirty water in the storm water system.
“Along with the residual diesel this run-off will comprise mud and sludge and whatever else has built up in the reservoir over time and people should not be concerned.”
“The reservoir cleaning process will require council to take water out of the Makara stream which will drop in level during the procedure.”
“Once the cleaning of the reservoir is complete attention will turn toward flushing out the reticulated pipe system.”
“The plan is to flush the reticulated system out in blocks.
“Residents will be kept fully informed at each stage of the process and people will be asked to assist by turning on outside taps.”
Mr Till noted that the other public services set up to assist residents get through this period were all working well.
“The eight drive-up shower at the Downer Works site on the corner of State Highway 4 and George St have been well utilised with 96 people using them yesterday and 40 using them this morning before 9.00am”
“By tomorrow we will have an additional 28 showers set up on the same site.”
“At around midday today Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) will begin their door-to-door water delivery service.”
“Residents should keep an eye out for an RAL truck making its way around town this afternoon.”
Mr Till said that the domestic laundry service will start from midday tomorrow from council’s meeting room at their Seddon St office.
“The laundry bags hold 15kg of washing which are about the size of a pillow case.” “For the additional information and the latest official announcements from RDC people should see
www.ruapehudc.govt.nz or call in at the RDC Raetihi office on Seddon St or call 06 385 4447.”