Earthquake related updates

March 2016

Update: Saturday 11/03/2017 8pm

All pumps on the Hurunui 1 Scheme are now running. You should receive water to your tank overnight. Please let us know if that hasn't happened.

 

Update: Saturday 11/03/2017 1pm

Davaar Booster is now running. There are still some issues for parts of  Scargill Valley and Foxdown areas.  We're working on it at the moment and hope to have the system repaired by this evening.

 

Update:Friday 10/03/17 5pm

As a result of the earthquake Thursday night, the Davaar Booster Shed has sustained some damage.  We are working hard to get it fixed but the extent of the damage is much greater than first thought. Our first estimate of having the repair completed by lunchtime Friday has now moved. The pumps themselves have been dislodged and the pipework requires realigning. 

At this stage it will be early evening (Friday) before we can get the pumps running. 

We will continue to update here and on Facebook as new information comes to hand.

We ask that you continue to conserve water and thank you for your continued patience.  

 

January 2016

30 January 2016

After receiving clear tests for the Amuri Rural Water Scheme, we wish to advise that the Boil Water Notice has been LIFTED.

 

December 2016

22 December 2016

As you will be aware, the Culverden township water scheme, the Rotherham township water scheme and the Amuri water scheme were all placed on a temporary boil water notice as a result of the November earthquake. We hope to be able to lift this notice on Saturday 24 December once clear test results come in. We will be unable to email residents at the weekend to advise of the results, but we will be able to promptly update here and on the Facebook page.

Please pass this information on to your friends, family and neighbours who are on these water schemes and who might not have seen this update.

* Cheviot Boil Water notice lifted 21 December 2016

Following the earthquake, as a precautionary measure the Hurunui District Council advises that residents on the following water schemes are required to boil their water:

And a reminder for residents still on a permanent boil water notice:

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Wastewater:

Seems to have held up well. Minor damage to Hanmer waste water ponds but nothing that disrupts their operations. All ponds district wide have been physically inspected. We are carrying out CCTV inspections on sample sections so that we understand the full extent of damage, if any.

Stormwater:

No reported issues but a review needs to occur.

Water Supplies:

Waiau Township:

The land where the tank farm is located is geotechnically unstable. Currently we have the plant up and running but it is only on 3 of the 23 tanks, meaning no storage.

This scheme suffered extensive damage at the gallery, which had to be bypassed, multiple fixes in the main to the township and a new pipeline was run from the treatment plant down to the township. The team had chlorinated river water to the township by the 16th and then the treatment plant operational by the 18th.  

Waiau Rural:

This scheme is still being worked on. The main line between the intake and reservoir was severely damaged. This line is up and running now and a new replacement is being re-laid (4.4km) because this old AC is not in good shape. Water is out to the western part of the scheme and the highly populated areas to the east are now receiving water. The guys are working on the line from the Lottery bridge past the Wandle to Tinline Downs. The land in this area has moved significantly so we have enough pipe to relay large sections of this line if needed.

Cheviot, Kaiwara, Parnassus, Blythe, Hurunui No.1:

All experienced damage, albeit minor in comparison to Waiau Rural but we are already starting to see an increase in the issues so we will be keeping a close watch on these schemes.

Other schemes:

Mainly electrical faults causing communications failures and similar to other schemes, we are seeing issues at vulnerable places.

  

Tuesday 29 November 2016

Waiau Rural Water Scheme: 

The ground crews worked solidly through the weekend and good progress has been made. We also thank those who have helped out or supported the crews

Update on progress

Water is now being delivered up to the end of Sherwood Road and the Upper Highfield pump station.

Mt Highfield is running well with confirmation of water running to a number of properties in the Leader Road area.

Beyond the Lottery Bridge the line has been severely affected by ground movement. To get up to the Wandle and Tinline Downs as quickly as possible, areas of biggest ground movement with sections of new line already on site will be fixed, with less disrupted sections bypassed unless they develop a leak.

As repairs take place the Council will continue phone some of you and ask if you have water – also please call the Council if you are in an area identified as fixed and still don’t have water.

Topping up tanks

The Council has a complete list of people who don’t have water and will continue to ferry water up until supply is established.

Control of deliveries will come back to Amberley after Thursday. Until then please call the Waiau Fire Brigade if you require a further delivery of water: 03 3156195, or call the Council from Thursday onwards: 0272260468

Boil water notice

A boil water notice is still in place and no water should be assumed to be potable - whether it looks clean or not and whether delivered through the scheme, carted in, or collected from the pods. 

We also remind about hygiene – with uncertain water quality, please make sure you wash and dry hands often and well.

On-farm repairs

If would like some help getting things going on your farm, whether related to water systems, or other help, please contact Federated Farmers for assistance: 0800FARMING.

 

Monday 28 November 2016

The following water schemes are still on a precautionary boil water notice:

CPH staff are liaising with HDC over the strategy for lifting the boil water notices. At this stage many of the supplies are still high risk.

Update – Waiau Rural Water Scheme

Even though everything possible is being done in terms of man-power and materials on the ground, progress with getting the scheme going has not been as fast as would have been desired, since the filling of the main reservoir last Sunday.

We ask for patience from everyone, particularly when talking to the crews on the ground who have worked very long days, with work not stopping since the day of the earthquake.

Please get in touch if you want some help

The repair of the scheme and the welfare of those without water is a top priority for the Council, Federated Farmers, Environment Canterbury, and we have worked together constantly to make sure things are communicated well and minimise unnecessary problems or hold ups. Also if you want to raise concerns, or there is anything you are uncertain about please do not hesitate to use the contacts on this update, and we will do everything we can to answer your questions or get the right help to you.

Boil water notice

A boil water notice is still in place and no water should be assumed to be potable - whether it looks clean or not and whether delivered through the scheme, carted in, or collected from the pods. 

We also remind about hygene – with uncertain water quality, please make sure you wash and dry hands often and well.

Update on progress

Staff continue to work through the weekend. The main focus will be to get water to Mt Highfield pumpshed and Mt Highfield reservoir.

The main Waiau reservoir drained overnight due to a new leak in a line. Having fixed this and a leaking valve, our teams had water at the western side of the Mason river bridge and were fixing multiple breaks in the main. They have laid a new 200m section of pipe and are now within sight of the Mason crossing. This section will be cut into the line this morning and tested again.

It is hoped that today will water up the Sherwood line, to the lottery pumpshed and to the properties around the Leader rd 

The western side of the scheme is still running well.

Topping up tanks

The Council is now proactively filling up all tanks on the scheme which are not yet receiving water with tanker trucks. This is being done to ensure supply and enable repair of lines and troughs on farms. 

Please call the Waiau Fire Brigade if you require a further delivery of water or have been missed out: 03 3156195

If you cannot get through, contact the Council directly: 0272260468

On-farm repairs

There is some on-farm help available in the form of materials and time from industry people experienced in installation and repair of water reticulation systems. If would like some help getting things going on your farm, whether related to water systems, or other help, please contact Federated Farmers for assistance: 0800FARMING.

 

A PDF (632KB) map of Waiau Rural Water Scheme status as of Thursday 24 November 2016 4:56pm is available.

Please call the Waiau Fire Brigade if you require a further delivery of water or have been missed out.

Contact

For the Waiau Fire Brigade call:

03 3156195

For any enquiries or help in relation to the earthquake recovery call.

The Council: 0272260468

Federated Farmers: 0800FARMING

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Septic Tank Inspections in Waiau town area

Rapid assessments of septic tanks in the township of Waiau are being done from Wednesday 23 November and should be completed by Monday 28 November. The inspection is a rapid assessment to determine availability of use in the short term. This is not a detailed inspection to determine if any damage has occurred, or that the septic system will remain useable. If you have reason to suspect there may be damage as a result of the earthquake or subsequent aftershocks, please contact your insurance company or arrange repairs privately.

If your house has received a note from our inspectors to say that the system is not usable, you should immediately contact your insurance company to arrange repair and make alternative arrangements with regard to grey water. This includes showers, dishes, washing machines and baths as well as your toilet.

Portaloos are available in the town.

Temporary showers are available for the public at the Waiau Motor Camp, 9 Highfield Street, Waiau.