Community: Above-ground emergency water network
A new above-ground emergency water network will supply Wellington communities from day eight after a major earthquake. The alternative water supplies will be ready to deploy by mid-2018.
Wellington is a great place to live, work and play. But it can be a little wild!
Wellington's water supply network is vulnerable. Some suburbs could be without water for more than 100 days after an earthquake of 7.5 or stronger.
Our water network is made up of more than 2,000 kilometres of buried pipes – and around 1,400 kilometres are considered vulnerable. Around 30 per cent of our 149 water reservoirs are also considered vulnerable.
The emergency water supply network will supply the more than 400,000 people across Wellington who may need to survive without a water network.
Media statement 27 June 2017: Budget 2017: $6m for Wellington regional emergency water supplies
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