Buller District Council

Unexpected interruption to Punakaiki Water Supply

7th February, 2021

This afternoon, Buller District Council received information via its after-hours phone service which alleged there had been damage to the raw water flow to the Punakaiki township water supply treatment plant.

As a result, council’s contractor, WestReef, checked water flow parameters to the plant via an online control system and ascertained there was indeed an issue with water supply.  An operator was immediately dispatched to the Punakaiki treatment and storage facilities to start a strategic response plan and isolate storage tanks.

Council’s chief executive Sharon Mason says the plant is back on-line and the two storage tanks are approximately 90% full.

“I have received advice that indicates there is enough water to sustain the township for seven days.”

Ms Mason says the situation will continue to be monitored closely and council will not be issuing a notice asking residents to conserve water at this stage.

“We hope to have repairs finished before that becomes necessary. The focus now is on making sure WestReef have safe and legal access onto the necessary land to do whatever repairs are required.”


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