Our water supply network crosses fault-lines in multiple places. We expect it to take more than 100 days to restore services in some suburbs in the Wellington region.
Following a major earthquake, the first thing people rely on is themselves and their families.
You need to ensure you’re prepared for the challenges to come. You’ll be relying on the food and water you have stored at home.
Have you thought about what you'd do for water after a major earthquake if the water network isn't working? And do you have a plan for what to do with your wastewater?
The single best thing that people can do to help Wellington survive and thrive after a major earthquake is be prepared.
What do I need to do following an earthquake?
We've created this handy flowchart [pdf download] that will help guide you and prepare you for what to do for drinking water, during and following an emergency.
Store drinking water
You need to have stored water for you and your family for at least seven days. This water will be used in a range of ways. The more you store the more you can do with it.
We recommend that you store 20 litres per person per day - if you have a family of four, that's 560 litres. You may need to store more if you have unwell people or small children in your family.
How do I treat my water?
Here's a guide [pdf download] on how to treat your water to make it safe for drinking and cleaning.
How can I store my water?
There are loads of different storage options - one for every kind of situation!
Size of tank
Size of tank
Juice/soft drink bottles
8 Litre Pillow
Once you've got your containers sorted, you'll need to make sure that you've stored your water correctly.
Where can I get containers to store water?
Please note that these suppliers are not endorsed by Wellington Water and Wellington Water accepts no responsibility for the products and services offered by the individual companies. Companies and their details featured here are subject to change without notice.
Size of container
Many hardware and DIY stores also stock emergency water containers.
Your local city council sells the WREMO/Tank Guy 200L tank:
Hutt City Council
Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street
Porirua City Council
Customer Service Centre,
PCC Administration Building,
16 Cobham Court, Porirua
Upper Hutt City Council
838-842 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
$100 (no credit cards)
Wellington City Council
Second Treasures Shop,
Landfill Road, Wellington
Carterton District Council
Holloway Street, Carterton
Kapiti District Council
175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu
Masterton District Council
64 Chapel Street, Masterton
South Wairarapa District Council
19 Kitchener Street, Martinborough
There are a number of community water storage tanks dotted around the Wellington region. They are designed to be used in an emergency when the normal water supply isn't working. Check out the pdf at the bottom of the page for the locations.
Things to consider
You may have extra sources of water in your house - your hot water cylinder is a good source. Water from swimming pools or spa pools aren't suitable for drinking but can be used for cleaning and sanitation.
You may have extra people in your house after a natural disaster as they could be evacuated from their homes. You'll need extra water to support them. Or you yourself may have to move to a friends place (particularly if you live in tsunami zone or in an apartment with limited water storage) - do they have enough water for you as well?