Community water stations are strategically located at 21 sites across urban Wellington. An additional water station can be deployed to areas of highest need after the earthquake, and will be used for training.
We worked closely with Wellington's councils, community groups, and residents to confirm the design and location for each water station. Decisions on the design and location of each new water station were based on availability of water, site accessibility, and landowner preference.
Urban Wellington's 17 emergency response islands and water station sites
There are four community water stations located within Hutt City. All of these stations take water from nearby streams.
Lowry Bay Community Water Station (Cheviot Road, Lowry Bay)
Korokoro Community Water Station (Pito-One Road, Korokoro)
Wainuiomata Community Water Station (Hine Road, Wainuiomata)
Days Bay Community Water Station (Williams Park, Days Bay)
Upper Hutt City
There are three community water stations located within the Upper Hutt City. All of these stations take water from nearby streams.
Akatarawa Community Water Station (Gemstone Drive)
Rimutaka Prison Community Water Station (Rimutaka Prison)
Riverstone Terraces Community Water Station (Cory Jane Grove, Riverstone Terraces)
Porirua City Council
There are three community water stations located within the Porirua City Council boundary. The Postgate Park community water station sources water from an emergency bore at Postgate Park, and the other two stations will source water from streams.
Postgate Park Community Water Station (Postgate School, Whitby)
Pauatahanui Community Water Station (SH58)
Takapuwahia Community Water Station
Wellington City Council
There are eleven community water stations located within Wellington City. The Takapu, Khandallah, and Karori community water stations source water from nearby streams. The remaining water stations source water from emergency bores.
Linden Park Community Water Station (Linden)
Takapu Community Water Station (Takapu Road)
Tawa Fire Station Community Water Station (Lyndhurst Road, Tawa)
Glenside Reserve Community Water Station
Johnsonville Community Water Station (Truscott Avenue, Johnsonville)
Khandallah Community water Station (Clark Street, Khandallah)
Huntleigh Park Community Water Station (Crofton Downs)
Aro Valley Community Water Station (Aro Park, Aro Valley)
Karori Community Water Station (Fitzgerald Place, Karori)
Newtown Community water Station (Hanson Street, Newtown)
Berhampore Community water Station (Berhampore Nursery)
Korokoro Community Water Station
Emergency response islands
A major earthquake will isolate the urban Wellington region into 17 emergency response ‘islands’ – through inaccessible roads, landslides, debris, and flooding. The water stations provide an alternative water supply for the islands.
Water supply within each island is driven by:
- population numbers
- proximity to alternative water sources
- water supply from alternative water sources
- water supply from existing reservoirs
- estimated time for water supply network to function (the reticulation system).
A lot of people will use Community Water Stations in an emergency, including vehicles that need to transport water around the island. It is really important that these sites have good vehicle access, easy pedestrian access, and people know where to find them, and how to use them.
Promoting the need for our community, businesses and critical users to be self-sufficient for the first seven days is a major focus for us.
Wellington Water Chief Executive Colin Crampton shares the "resilience starts at home" message at an event in Truscott Avenue, Johnsonville in June 2017.