Water supplies are reaching critical levels in Rarotonga, prompting authorites to plead with residents to conserve water.
water supply situation on Rarotonga has continued to deteriorate with water
regulatory authority To Tatou Vai (TTV) raising the alert level on Friday.
raising the alert level to “Just Enough”, which is one level below critical,
water supplies are now approaching emergency levels.
flows have been steadily dropping at intakes around Rarotonga, affecting
pressure in the pipes.
Authority notes that many households have reported running out of water
completely, requiring tanker loads to be carted to replenish supplies.
remedy low pressure, TTV is redirecting the water in some mains to push water
into the areas which are experiencing shortages.
summer is traditionally rainy season and some rainfall was recorded in the
first week of December 2020, TTV notes there has been no sustained heavy rains
since flooding last September.
statement, To Tatou Vai chief executive Greg Longman said: “While we have had
occasional heavy showers recently, they have been insufficient to replenish the
streams in the hills, and the ground in the low lying areas of the island is so
parched and dry, what little rain has fallen has been quickly absorbed.”
some rain in the forecast for next week, TTV believes it will be insufficient
in breaking the present drought.
rain affecting Fiji and Tonga in the western Pacific is expected to bypass the
Cook Islands on its way south.
estimates it will take several days or more of sustained rain, especially in
the central high country, to break the drought.
To alleviate the situation, authorities are
calling on residents to increase their efforts to conserve water.
four of the Rarotonga Drought Response Plan referred to as “Just Enough”, was
triggered on Friday, calling for a 50 per cent reduction in water usage in peak
periods and an overall weekly reduction of 25 per cent.
asking you to help the island by doing your bit to acheive these,” said
ensure residents have access to drinking water, strategically placed water
stations that have been maintained by TTV over the past year or so and which do
not currently have water tanks, will soon be getting them.
initiative should be completed within the next couple of weeks, TTV advises.
potable water available from those stations, the authority is urging residents
to be careful with their water use and to try to avoid any unneccessary use or
experienceing issues with their water supply or needing to report a leak are
asked to contact To Tatou Vai on 24479.