Rural Water Scheme Capacity
As you are aware, unexpected interruptions can occur on any water supply. Natural hazards, weather, or other unplanned events such as a damaged pipe can affect the supply and quality of water. When an event affects the quality of the water at source, Council will follow a procedure of “selective abstraction”. This means that the intake pumps will be turned off for a period of time until the source water can be treated and disinfected to a compliant level.
What does this mean for you?
Council’s Rural Water Scheme, Water Supply Policy December 2011 requires all rural consumers to have storage capacity of no less than four times your daily water allocation. It is recommended that you allow four times your peak daily usage on your property, if it is greater than your daily allocation. Therefore in the instance of a supply outage such as “selective abstraction” you will have enough water to see you through for four days.
How will I know if my scheme has been temporarily shut off?
When a supply outage occurs that will be longer than 24 hours such as “selective abstraction”, Council has a procedure for relaying the information to its consumers. This is done via social media platforms including our website and Facebook.
Community groups and schools will also be informed, and an advertisement may be published in the local papers.
In a more significant event, a notification will go over the radio (Port FM, The Hits), and the Red Cross Hazard app (www.redcross.org.nz/what-we-do/in-new-zealand/disaster-management/hazard-app/), and letters sent to consumers.
How do I know what Rural Water Scheme I am on?
Check here by entering your street address or valuation number and it will state what Rural Water Scheme you are on under “Description Of Rates”.