'Frustrating' repairs mean some still lack water
Some Awatere residents were still without water late last week as more quake-damaged water pipes were found.
Contractors were working to repair the water supply in the areas of Kaparu Rd, Wheelers Hill and Marfell's Beach Rd.
It was hoped that two of the three tanks at the Wheelers Hill Reservoir could be brought back into service on Saturday.
Marlborough District Council operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney said assessment of the overall condition of the water mains would be possible once all leaks were isolated and repaired.
"It's proving to be a frustrating job, particularly for the contractors who are working long hours in difficult conditions."
Grassmere Rd resident Evan White's water supply had been off and on since the magnitude-6.6 earthquake.
Mr White said he had no complaints about the water being off but would have liked some notification. "It would have been nice to know when they were switching it off so I could have saved some water."
Mr White and his partner, Lorraine French, had been staying at a Blenheim motel since the quake.
Their permanent water supply was restored on Thursday and they expected to get back into the house during the weekend.
"Once we get hot water, we can wash the floor and move back in. No-one could live here without water, but a reasonable aftershock and we'll be out the door."
The council had delivered two 20-litre bottles of drinking water on Thursday, he said.
Ms French said there was a pile of dirty dishes to wash when they got home.
They were used to having to boil water so that would not be such an inconvenience, she said.
Neighbour Maree Spence said her water was off for just over a day but friends at Marfell's Beach were still going without.
They came to her house for a shower on Thursday night, she said.
Her water supply was trickling through the system initially but the pressure had built up towards the end of the week, she said.
Any property owners who need water delivered should contact the council on 03 520 7400.
A boil-water notice remains in place for the Ward and Awatere water supplies - up to the Wheelers Hill Reservoir, including Seddon, and south of Wheelers Hill.
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