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WATSAN works hard to clear water intakes

Thursday March 29, 2018 Written by Published in Environment
Debris being removed at a dam near the Avatiu intake this week. PHOTO: WATSAN. 18032821 Debris being removed at a dam near the Avatiu intake this week. PHOTO: WATSAN. 18032821

The Water, Waste, and Sanitation Unit of the Ministry of Infrastructure Cook Islands (WATSAN) is warning local residents to get their drinking water from approved water stations around the island.

 

In a media statement yesterday, a WATSAN spokesman said some water supplied to households may still contain sediment as a result of recent heavy rain.

“We hope everyone has collected as much water as possible from their roofs during the heavy rain fall…while ICI is cleaning the intakes.”

He said the Water Works division had been working hard to restore Rarotonga’s water network to full capacity.

Ten out of the 12 water intakes in Rarotonga were blocked on Monday by mud and other debris, after an extended period of heavy rainfall hit the island. According to WATSAN, 207mm of rain fell between Friday and Sunday.

Water Works manager Wilson Rani says workers have now cleared the Takuvaine, Avatiu, Tupapa, and Matavera intakes. However, he estimates it will take until the end of the week to clear the remaining six intakes.

The Papua intake was snapped during the storm and it is expected to be some time before it is fully repaired. Water Works is also carrying out a major flush of the trunk lines.

2 comments

  • Comment Link marion titia john Friday, 30 March 2018 10:41 posted by marion titia john

    good to read news in New Zealand

  • Comment Link David Hawkins Thursday, 29 March 2018 22:14 posted by David Hawkins

    “We hope everyone has collected as much water as possible from their roofs during the heavy rain fall"
    Apropos my letter of Tuesday the 27th inst. Can one just imagine the amount of rain water that would have been saved in underground cisterns and above ground tanks , as a result of that 207mm deluge over the weekend?.
    Start by making it a law that EVERY building with a roof must have a water storage tank to catch the rain runoff.
    Cape Town in South Africa, ignored their water supply problem for decades and now, with a massive drought, they have introduced stringent restrictions on water use, with a dramatic negative impact on their tourist industry.
    Act now, while there is time.

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