Quake-hit farmers get free offers
'OK guys, we are here to help you'PENNY WARDLE
Quake-affected farmers are being invited to help themselves to concrete troughs and fittings from the Gill Construction yard in Seddon.
Hynds Blenheim branch manager Garth Mushet said the 6.6 magnitude quake on August 16 broke a lot troughs, tanks, water mains and water lines on farms in the Seddon and Ward areas.
"There is damage across whole water systems," he said.
To help out, his company is inviting affected farmers to take 25-30 troughs worth $9000-$10,000 for free. Hanson Products provided ballcocks, Hydraflow the fittings, Waters and Farr the polythene pipe and Gills carted the troughs from Christchurch.
"This is our way of saying, ‘OK guys, we are here to help you'." Farmers were incredibly grateful, Mr Mushet said.
"They just about had tears in their eyes."
Mac McKenzie, of Gills Seddon, said the quake wrenched pipework and overflows out of a number of dams. Because a lot of rain had fallen since, it was difficult for farmers to expose the damage to make repairs because water was flowing in as fast as out.
Meanwhile, the Marlborough District Council said the last farmer waiting for reconnection to the water supply after the quakes was now filling his tanks and water troughs after contractors repaired leaks in the supply.
Council operations and maintenance manager Stephen Rooney said the final consumer before Marfells Beach still waiting for water to be restored was able to open the valve on his connection on Tuesday night.
The Department of Conservation camping ground at Marfells Beach was still without water, Mr Rooney said. The road to the camping ground remained closed pending major work by roading contractors, and council staff would liaise with DOC to assess the extent of the leak in the department's pipeline.
Repair of the water main over a culvert in Casey's Rd was completed last Friday and the water was now back on to all properties in Casey's Rd with good water pressure, Mr Rooney said.
The Blind River reservoir tanks had yet to be replaced but a bypass was able to provide water to meet demand, he said.
The repairs to inlet and outlet pipes at Wheelers Hill reservoir tanks were complete and even though these tanks were still leaking, they were meeting the demand, Mr Rooney said.
Planning was underway to replace these tanks and the tanks at Blind River. The Flaxbourne tanks were also badly damaged and would need to be replaced.
Mr Rooney said thanks to enormous efforts by council contractors Simcox Construction since the earthquakes, water quality and water supply to the area was largely back to normal.
- The Marlborough Express