Gisborne water supply still threatened

Last updated 13:50 09/01/2014

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Gisborne still needs to conserve water despite reducing its use by a third already, says the city's council.

The region was just over its target water consumption yesterday but it did conserve enough for there to be a small increase in the reservoirs' storage.

However, Mayor Meng Foon said it was not time to get complacent.

"We must all keep up the good work. Our water consumption needs to come down further to 14,000 m/3 each day to avoid further restrictions," he said.

"In the meantime it is critical people turn those taps off and don't even think about using a hose."

Staff and contractors are still working to get the water supply reinstated, Foon said.

The land around the pipe was being stabilised, said deputy chief executive Peter Higgs.

"The broken pipe has been exposed. This required six metres of material - that was covering the pipe - to be removed," he said.

"Now we can start preparing the pipe for the welding. There doesn't appear to be anything wrong with the pipe although samples are being sent away for testing."
 
The council expects repairs to take six to eight days.

Until the water is flowing again, the council has imposed a fire ban, forbidden the use of sprinklers or hoses, and the Olympic pool would close 2 hours early each day.

The pipe from the city's Mangapoike Dam burst Monday afternoon when the hillside slipped around it.

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- The Dominion Post

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