Raetihi Diesel Spill #5: Progress Made By Response Agencies
7 October 2013
Raetihi Diesel Spill #5: Steady Progress Being Made By Response Agencies
Agencies responding to the diesel spill into the Makotuku Stream that contaminated the Raetihi water supply have been making good progress in achieving their target objectives as part of the recovery process.
Ruapehu District Council (RDC) Alternate Civil Defence Controller, Pam Bicknell, said that despite the inevitable set-back and complications solid progress is being made in the steps required to get the reticulated water supply on again in Raetihi.
“At this stage we still have a target of Wednesday 16th October to have non-potable (non-drinkable) water available which will allow people to use their toilet shower and laundry,” she said.
“RDC with our water contractor Veolia Water have cleaned out the Raetihi settling ponds one of which is now ready to receive water.”
“Veolia was also successful in mopping off the Diesel from the reservoir which has now been drained and cleaning has commenced.”
“The temporary raw water pipeline to the alternative water supply in the Makara Stream is also in place which will allow flushing of the raw water line between the holding ponds.”
Mrs Bicknell noted that despite the progress being made people should be aware that this is an incredibly complex situation and set-backs and unexpected developments which could delay things are inevitable.
“At this stage if all goes to plan the flushing of the reticulated network is planned for later this week.”
“Flushing of the reticulated network will only be started after water tests show that we have achieved three clear sample tests in a row showing the water is at the acceptable standard.”
“Veolia Water is producing information flyers for every household that will detail what will happen and what householders need to do when the water is finally available to flush their household plumbing.”
Mrs Bicknell added that other services are going well and being well utilized.
“The showers at the Downer Works depot had over 200 people use them yesterday and by the end of today we should have 36 showers up and running.”
“The first stage of getting water to the Raetihi CBD has been completed with cafes and food outlets being provided with 1,000 litre tanks that have been plumbed into their businesses and we are now talking with the other non-food businesses about what their requirements are.”
“Emergency laundry services are now available out of the council Seddon St office meeting room.”
Mrs Bicknell said that anyone requiring further information should see council’s website; www.ruapehudc.govt.nz or alternatively come by the Raetihi office which will be open from 8.30am – 5.00pm everyday this week.