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Sharing with neighbours a must after big quake

Aug 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

QUAKE ADVICE: Event co-ordinator Celia Lillis and Capacity CEO David Hill at Wellington Central Library.

YOU may be at war with them –  but if the big shake hits would you still share your supplies with unprepared neighbours?

This was one issue raised at the first of three earthquake seminars organised by the Wellington City Council.

“Neighbours are a factor because if they are not prepared you will end up sharing [water supplies],” says Capacity chief executive David Hill.

“You won’t be in a position to tell them to go away,” says Mr Hill, whose organisation,  Capacity Infrastructure Services (owned by Wellington and Hutt City Councils), is in charge of water management in Wellington and the Hutt Valley.

Water was the subject of the first talk and the audience of 30 learned they need at least three litres of water per person per day because there’s a period of at least three days where there will be no guarantee of access to water.

Mr Hill says people should store more than the minimum requirement because it could take 20 to 55 days for the water supply to be fixed after a big quake.

Many Capacity staff members have stored 100s of litres each.

As Wellington only has one access road into the city, water deliveries and wastewater management could be slowed down, but there are plans to help reduce waiting time.

A new reservoir at Prince of Wales Park will start next year, once funding is sorted, with construction completed by 2015.  This will help provide Wellington Hospital with emergency water,   

One idea being explored is for a New Zealand storage centre for chemical toilets, where they will be ready for distribution.

Event co-ordinator Celia Lillis says earthquakes are a hot topic right now and people need to be aware of what is going on.

The last two talks on earthquake prone buildings and emergency preparation will be held at the Wellington Central Library on August 25 and 31 at 12pm.

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