People Urged Not to Leave Water Tank Top-Ups Too Late
RAETIHI DIESEL SPILL - #11
People Urged Not to Leave Water Tank Top-Ups until They Are Almost Dry
Refilling the growing number of water tanks around Raetihi is now one of the major logistical challenges facing the Ruapehu District Council (RDC) in keeping the township supplied with water.
RDC Incident Control Point Manager, Steve Carson, said that Council has three potable water tankers running fulltime delivering water around the township every day.
“We are currently servicing 67 water tanks and pods around Raetihi ranging in size from 200 litres to one of 20,000 litres although the vast majority (51) are thousand litre tanks,” he said.
“However, with reticulated potable water probably not being available for some time more and more people are hooking tanks up to their homes every day.”
“Yesterday we had 12 new tanks added to the network
and today another five.”
Mr Carson noted that because of the size of the re-supply operation people shouldn’t let their tanks almost run dry before ordering a refill.
“We are unable to provide an instantaneous response to water tank re-fill requests,” he said.
“As their tank gets down to around a day’s worth of water left people should call Council’s Raetihi office on 06 385 4447 and order a top up.”
“The tanker drivers are working until 6.00pm every day and after this the re-fill needs to happen the next day.”
office is open both Saturday and Sunday this weekend from
9.00am until 3.00pm however from next week it is reverting
to pre-emergency office hours.”