Have you thought about what you’d do for water after a major earthquake if the water network isn’t working? And do you have a plan for what to do with your ones and twos?
The single best thing that people can do to help Wellington survive and thrive after a major earthquake is be prepared.
Wellington Water and our Councils are working to make our infrastructure stronger every day. A number of initiatives are underway, including looking for temporary emergency water sources in Wellington and Porirua, testing water bladders to see if they can be used to distribute water and looking for drinking water under the Wellington Harbour.
Our water supply network crosses fault lines in multiple places. We expect it to take up to 100 days to restore services in some suburbs in the Wellington region.
Following a major earthquake, the first thing people rely on is themselves and their families - so storing water is a must for every household.
You need to have to stored water for you and your family for at least seven days.
We recommend that you store 20 litres per person per day - if you have a family of four, that's 560 litres. You may need to store more if you have unwell people or small children in your family.
Making your water safe in an emergency
There a simple steps you can take to make water safe in an emergency, including boiling and using bleach.
How can I store my water?
There are loads of different storage options - one for every kind of situation!
Size of Tank
Juice/soft drink bottles
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Once you've got your containers sorted, you'll need to make sure that you've stored your water correctly.
Where can I get water storage containers?
Please note that these suppliers are not endorsed by WREMO and WREMO accepts no responsibility for the products and services offered by the individual companies. Companies and their details featured here are subject to change without notice.
|Company||Website||Size of Containers|
|Aqua Tanks||www.aquatanks.co.nz||from 295 litres|
|Bailey||www.tanks.co.nz||from 435 litres|
|Devan||www.devan.co.nz||from 600 litres|
|Promax||www.promaxplastics.co.nz||from 120 litres|
|RXP Plastics||www.rxplastics.co.nz||from 500 litres|
|Stowers||www.plastic.co.nz||from 25 litres|
|Tank Guy||www.emergencywatersupply.co.nz||from 200 litres|
|Thin Tanks||www.thintanks.co.nz||from 1,000 litres|
|Wilsons||https://www.wilsonplastics.co.nz||from 260 litres|
Many hardware and DIY stores also stock emergency water containers.
Your local city council sells the 200 litre water tanks, see our water tank page for more details.
The wastewater network is even more vulnerable than the drinking water network - its broken pipes would take even longer to find and fix, and there'd be more of them.
Wastewater isn't just about toilets - you'll also need to think about how you would dispose of water used for cooking and hygiene. Water from cooking can be tipped into gardens, but keep water used in washing clothes or yourself away from food producing gardens.