When the Kaikoura quake struck it did more than root up Kaikoura, a few farms, a road and a rail line, it also screwed up Wellington.
Buildings are being pulled down, and the port is rooted…so too is the water supply:
Quake-damaged pipes in Wellington are leaking around one million litres of water every day.
The system has been in this state since the November 14 Kaikoura earthquake, but authorities have no idea where the quake-damaged pipes are in the network.
Authorities will continue to carry out detection programmes to find the leaks, Wellington Water’s latest outlook report states.
Councillor Iona Pannett said meters will be installed throughout the city to try to narrow down where the leaks are.
She’s confident the wasted water will be treated as a pressing matter.
“I expect it to be given some priority because we need to be showing leadership in this area,” she told Newstalk ZB.
“And it is difficult to tell people to conserve water if we are not making vigorous efforts to do the same.”
However, it is believed the process to find the leaks could take months.
“Unfortunately it does take a while to get those [meters] in and then hopefully we can stem the tide,” Pannett said.
“Because obviously over a year that is a significant amount of water.”
Pipes are expensive to fix. Worse, once you fix one weakened part the other parts are weaker than the repaired part and strain goes on there. Then along comes another shake.
No one yet is prepared to state it, but Wellington really is rooted, it’s just that no politician has the guts to say so.
In the meantime, get used to stories about Wellington infrastructure and buildings needing repair or replacement.