A status report just issued by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) says the current average number of installations is 26 tanks per week, compared with the target of 12 tanks a week.
So far 1066 tanks have been fully installed, with 1188 properties approved for the programme.
There was reduced activity during February basically due to contractor staff being on leave and also the outbreak of the zika virus. Stock was affected also by the delayed shipping, the report said.
The recent lack of rainfall created a significant fall in water pressure, seriously affecting homes and domestic life. This has seen the increase of applications since the last week of February.
Sixteen tank packages of the 40 tanks approved for Atiu were processed and shipped. The rest will be shipped as soon as stocks arrive from NZ.
Eight homes in the upper Avatiu Valley not connected to the Government mains have combined resources under the subsidy scheme to complete a new intake and install a holding tank and pipes to supply their homes and any future developments in the area with potable water.
But if there’s good news for homeowners – the news is not so good for the contractors and suppliers, with nearly $200,000 in invoices being held back, waiting for Parliament to sit and approve the Supplementary Budget.