Buller District Council

Temporary Water Feed to Westport Reservoir

18th February, 2022

Thanks to a huge effort today from staff at Buller District Council, WestReef Services Ltd, Hadlee and Brunton and GP Contracting, a temporary water feed is now flowing into the Westport raw water reservoir.


This is a short-term solution that will enable the reservoir to start refilling. With further heavy rain forecast over the weekend and the potential for further slips we are maintaining a cautious approach, and will be keeping the essential water restrictions in place over the weekend to allow the reservoir to replenish as much as it can while it can. This will be monitored over the weekend and restrictions will be reassessed on Monday.


If we all continue to do our bit and keep conserving water for a few more days the team are cautiously optimistic that a medium-term solution can be found.


Staff will be working at the Emergency Operations Centre over the weekend. As well as monitoring the weather watch they will continue work towards restoring and repairing infrastructure across Buller.



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