To Tatou Vai spokesperson Walter Tuarae-White. 22083110
Recent rain has provided further relief for Rarotonga’s catchment intakes, with more predicted for the coming days.
MetService director Arona
Ngari said from 8am Wednesday to 8am Thursday, Rarotonga received 19.7
millimetres of rain, while from 8am Thursday to 8am on Friday, there was
another 43.2mm of rain.
“There’s a trough still
hanging over the Southern Cooks, and it’s likely to bring rain,” Ngari said.
However, despite the recent
batch of rain, total rainfall was about 50mm lower than the December average,
“It’s still drier than normal
overall, but the good news is that there’s still more rain to come,” he added.
Ngari’s comments come after
reports that several catchment intakes were at less than 50 per cent of their
However, water authority To
Tatou Vai said there had been some positive news for the catchment intakes
“Our catchment intakes are
back up to optimum capacity apart from the western catchment Ngatoe at around
85-90 per cent, which hasn’t quite topped up yet,” To Tatou Vai spokesman
Walter Tuarae-White said on Friday.
“The recent rain has been a
real boost, especially for the fact it has been steady and looks to continue
into the weekend. This is a great relief for the upcoming festive season, with Cook
Islands families returning home.”
Tuarae-White said the forecast
is still for a drier than normal festive season, “so we are still cautious and
don’t want to be complacent in the way we use water”.
“Fix those leaks around the
house and plantations and think long term. When things dry up again, we want to
ensure we don’t have water loss,” he said.
“We would hope the dry spell
doesn’t eventuate. Ideally it’ll be great if catchment intake levels are at 80
per cent. However, we can’t control the rain.
“Our water supply is reliant
on rain. The next best thing to mitigate water shortages is to conserve it, use
it wisely and be mindful of how bad things were during the past dry spell.”
Tuarae-White said island
residents’ water usage is way too high.
He said people in Rarotonga
used about 1000 litres a day.
“We have enough to sustain our
needs between rain events. However, there is far too much that unfortunately is
“This then causes problems
when we have an extended dry period like the recent one we had.”