We’re all aware of the difficulties for many in Omaha and around parts of Auckland with their water.
OBC is keeping in touch with the situation through our friend Beth Houlbrooke on the Rodney Local Board who, along with Greg Sayers, our local Councillor, have done an excellent job in getting some meaningful response from Council, Watercare, etc.
You can keep up to date through her Facebook page and, in the meantime, here is the latest update (via Beth) from Council:
Auckland Council Update on Water Issues. Sunday 16th February.
Public inquiries can be referred to the Auckland Council on 09 301 0101.
Visit http://ourauckland.nz/ for the most up to date information.
There is no significant rainfall expected by MetService in the next four days.
TODAY: Community water collection
Five community water collection locations are open from 10am to 8pm today. People can take up to 20L of water per person in their household per day, in handheld containers.
Preliminary feedback from people at the community sites is that many businesses and organisations are offering water collection and the council’s efforts are supplementing this.
These sites are Wellsford Community Centre, Warkworth Town Hall, Helensville Library, Orewa Auckland Council Service Centre and Te Puru Community Centre in Beachlands.
Two more are open on Waiheke Island from 7am-7pm. These are located at the Matiatia carpark and Onetangi Sports Park.
Two community-led sites are operating at Piha and Kawakawa Bay.
TODAY: Showers and water filling at leisure centres
Eight leisure centres are providing showering facilities to the public and a water filling point for handheld containers, during normal operating hours.
These are Franklin Pool and Leisure Centre, Pukekohe; Jubilee Swimming Pool and Aquatic Centre, Pukekohe; Whiteside Pool, Waiuku; Massey Park Pool, Papakura; Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre, Stanmore Bay; Albany Stadium Pool, Albany; Glenfield Pool and Leisure Centre, Glenfield and West Wave Aquatic Centre, Henderson.
TODAY: Using the milk tanker fleet
The first tanker to tanker filling sites opened yesterday in Helensville and Wellsford. Due to Watercare opening up a new hydrant at Kumeu, we were able to suspend the extra capacity at Helensville and divert that elsewhere.
This has proven very successful, particularly in Wellsford where there was a steady transfer of water to commercial providers.
These will continue to act as an alternative filling stations for private operators.
COMING SOON: Bulk tanks
We are working through the logistics required to install, sterilise and fit 20 static tanks with pumps and taps at rural locations around the region.
People will be able to self-fill handheld containers from these tanks.