Like many of the streams on the island, the Matavera stream is dry while some have just a minute flow of water. Picture: To Tatou Vai/22120108
Due to the extreme dry spell, To Tatou Vai urgently advises people on Rarotonga, particularly in Arorangi and Vaka Puiakura, to use water sparingly.
of November 30, five of the water intakes are sitting at below 50 per cent of
their flow which is having an impact on water pressure to several locations on
Tatou Vai (TTV) spokesperson Walter Tuarae-White said the backroad districts in
Arorangi area from Rutaki to Black Rock are particularly vulnerable to the low
stream flow feeding into Ngatoe intake which primarily supplies the area.
from Papua has been diverted into the area for over six weeks now to help with
supply capacity, however, pressure at times will still not be enough,
especially in peak demand,” said Tuarae-White.
is rain forecasted for mid next week and To Tatou Vai is hoping this would
provide some relief.
the meantime, we strongly urge everybody to conserve water,” said Tuarae-White.
to the Cook Islands Meteorological Services, Nikao recorded a total of 18-millimetre
rainfall last month.
Services director Arona Ngari said the only time this rainfall figure was not
exceeded was 5.7mm in 2008 and 13mm in 1982.
Nina is still dominating the weather front and is expected to continue for the
next three months, the weather office said.
said this indicated less than normal rainfall for the Northern Cook Islands but
normal rainfall for the Southern Cook Islands.
migration of high pressure systems to the east in the past four months along
the far southern part of the Cook Islands has certainly been felt with the less
than normal rainfall, especially for Rarotonga.
suppression of South Pacific Convergence Zone by these high pressure systems
would disturb the formation of cloud bands that would normally bring some rain.”
public is encouraged to conserve water and to monitor and use water wisely.
about your neighbour,” said Ngari.
The Climate Summary for Rarotonga,
Temperature - Mean Maximum Temperature:
27.3°C, Mean Minimum Temperature: 21.3°C, Mean Daily Temperature: 24.3°C,
Highest Maximum Temperature: 28.9°C on Mon 28th, Lowest Maximum
Temperature: 26.3°C on Tue 08th, No of days Max Temperature
>=30.0°C: 0 days, Highest Minimum Temperature: 24.7°C on Sat 05th,
Lowest Minimum Temperature: 18.6°C on Sun 06th, No of days Min
Temperature <=20.0°C: 04 days.
Rainfall - Total Monthly Rainfall:
19.3mm, Highest Daily Rainfall: 3.5mm on Mon 28th, No of days of
Rainfall >=0.2mm 13 days, No of days of Rainfall >=1.0mm 09 days, No of
days of Rainfall >=10.0mm 0 days, No of days of Rainfall >=50.0mm 0 days.
Pressure - Highest MSL Pressure:
1019.7hpa on Wed 09th, Lowest MSL Pressure: 1009.9hpa on Wed 30th,
Mean Monthly MSL Pressure: 1014.9hpa.
Evaporation - Total Monthly
Evaporation: 260.6mm, Mean Daily Evaporation: 8.7mm.
Sunshine - Total Monthly Sunshine
272.9hrs, Mean Daily Sunshine 9.1hrs.
Wind - Highest Wind Gust: 14.9km on Tue
01st, Highest Daily Wind Run: 625.0km on Mon 20th, Mean
Wind Speed: 4.7m/s.
Tony Heays on 02/12/2022
So why did I see the water sprinklers on at the golf club today?