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.