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

 


Gisborne water use reduced significantly

Water Crisis Media Release (4)

Release date: Thursday 9 January 2013

Gisborne water use reduced significantly

Gisborne people have heeded the ‘save water now’ message and reduced their water use significantly yesterday.

This is the outcome we were hoping for, says Mayor Meng Foon. “In a crisis situation Gisborne people pull together. Water use reduced by almost one third yesterday. There was even a small increase in the storage in our reservoirs. I would like to send a big thank you to all those who have supported the call to use less water.”

“However, we cannot be complacent. There is no quick fix. We must all keep up the good work. Our water consumption needs to come down further to 14,000 m/3 each day to avoid further restrictions. In the meantime it is critical people turn those taps off and don’t even think about using a hose.”

Meanwhile progress is being made repairing the broken pipe that has left Gisborne residents urgently needing to conserve water. Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon, Councillor Roger Haisman and key council staff visited the Waingake site yesterday (Wednesday 8 January) where the pipe broke early on Monday morning (6 January).

Mayor Meng Foon is pleased with the progress that is being made. “Staff and contractors are working day and night to get the water supply reinstated. We expect water to be flowing again in six to eight days.” 

The land around the pipe is being stabilised, says deputy chief executive Peter Higgs. “The broken pipe has been exposed. This required six metres of material - that was covering the pipe - to be removed.  Now we can start preparing the pipe for the welding. There doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with the pipe although samples are being sent away for testing.”

1.       There is a total fire ban in Gisborne city – no permits will be issued for any kind of fire.

2.       If you see anyone or any business using sprinklers of hoses, please contact Council. We will send someone around to speak with the water user.

3.       People can still use bore water to water their grounds and gardens. If you have a bore and you want to use it without getting hassled, signs are available from Council Customer services. “We are using bore water”

4.       As part of a continuing public education programme, signs were erected around the city advising residents to save water now.

5.       Please make sure your Gisborne friends, relatives and neighbours know that Gisborne is facing a water crisis and that we all need to drastically reduce water use now.

6.       The Olympic pool will be closing 2 hours early at 6pm each night until further notice.

7.       Please share your water savings tips with friends and family or on Council’s face book page or website.



Click for big version.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news