Rain raises water pressure

Thursday October 19, 2017 Written by Published in Weather

Rain at the weekend and on Tuesday has come as a relief to the Infrastructure Cook Islands water division which has recorded a rise in the water pressure in the northern side of the island.


The water pressure at Avatiu has increased from 8 metres to 16m and from 5m to 15m in Takuvaine after the rain experienced on the weekend.

However, a Water Waste and Sanitation (WATSAN) spokesman said in a statement yesterday that the benefits of the rain weren’t expected to last.

Pressure around the rest of the island has continued to decrease slightly each day.

“The division is receiving reports of water wasting by washing vehicles and watering lawns. It’s great that there are concerned members of the public,” the statement said.

“We ask the public to refrain from these practices during this time of drought to conserve water for the whole island. Your car will not fall apart and your grass will grow back!

“Although on one particular side of the island water pressure seems fine, other parts of the island will be relying on that water to be carted to top up their supply also! So please be mindful and invoke your community spirit and stop all unnecessary water (use).”

In an earlier statement, WATSAN revealed Rarotonga was on a level three water warning for drought. All residents were asked to cooperate with drought management measures to conserve the available water supply. 

Level one is normal and level five is a severe emergency.

The ICI water division’s pressure readings around the island have been dropping steadily since August despite some rain in early and late September. Residents are being asked to reduce daily water use by 50 per cent. 

Water restrictions

• Watering gardens and playing surfaces only on alternate days between 6am - 10am and 6pm - 10pm

• Water cannot be used for aesthetic purposes such as to fill or top up fountain and/or ponds

• Filling of new or existing pools or spas with a capacity of 2000 litres or less prohibited

• Filling of new or existing pool or spa with a capacity greater than 2000 litres prohibited

• Water cannot be used to clean a vehicle except in the case of a vehicle for mass transportation

• Water cannot be used on hard surface such as buildings (including windows), except for cleaning required as a result of an accident, fire, health hazard, safety hazard or other emergency

• Water cannot be used to suppress dust unless the dust is causing or is likely to cause health or environmental hazard

• Watering agricultural plantation only between 6am - 10am and 6pm - 10pm

• Water for livestock must be provided for in a trough, not run continuously.

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