A water tank designed by a Palmerston North company has taken out one of the top prizes in an international sustainability contest.
Mouldings Unlimited's water tanks, created for the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office, were chosen as the best project submission from New Zealand by the Energy Globe Awards.
Projects are submitted from companies around the world for a national title. The projects must involve conservation and natural resource protection or employ renewable energy.
The water tank was designed last year to help people get through in an emergency by storing rainwater before and during a crisis event, such as an earthquake.
Mouldings Unlimited owner Gary King said he was pleased for the group to get some recognition for their hard work.
Judges credited the design for raising awareness on the importance of rainwater instead of tap water.
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said the tanks provided a convenient, easy and relatively affordable way for people to prepare for an emergency. "Their popularity is already helping people to store water and improve the resilience of the Wellington region."
King said the point of difference for the tanks was their affordability.
"It's to encourage residents to install tanks so that clean water is available in an emergency."
The tanks retail for $139 but the deal in the capital reduces the retail price to $105.
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management recommends storing at least 3 litres of water per person for three days.
More than 4000 tanks have been sold across the Wellington region.
The tanks are light in weight and hold 200 litres of water.
The Global Energy Awards were founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann.
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