City water pipelines both out of service

Dunedin residents are being asked not to water their gardens for three days, or at least put it off a few days, as the city council grapples with a problem in its mains water supply pipelines.

A break in the Deep Stream pipeline, one of two that provide the city's main water supply, means the pipe be closed down for a few days for repair.

However, it coincides with the closure of the other main pipeline, the Deep Creek pipe, for a programmed upgrade of its intake - which can happen only when river flows are low.

The result was both pipelines would be closed and the city would draw water from the 370,000cu m Brockville reservoir in the meantime.

Dunedin City Council water production manager Gerard McCombie said the reservoir was well-stocked, but the last thing the council needed now was spike in demand, and people were asked to cut back on watering gardens so an adequate supply of water was maintained.

The intake work should only take three days, but the leak might take longer to fix, he said.

''For this reason, it would be appreciated if people could reduce their water usage by either delaying or cutting back on watering their gardens this week.''


Who in their right mind

Who in their right mind will lend us a billion dollars for our water system when the council is in debt up to their eyeballs already.

No body with any financial sense anyway. I guess we will have to plead to the government for help.


Change in election year

speedfreak: yes it is just the start - as the ODT reported our water system will need close to a billion dollars spent on it over the next 50 years - already we are estimated to lose between 10% and 20% of our water to leakage from our aging pipes.

It's election year - I expect every candidate to have a plan, to be able to answer the question "how will you pay for our water system's repair over the next few decades?" I hope lots of people will ask this important question.

And this is just the start of it

This is what happens when you ignore the ageing water infrastructure and instead, waste all the money Chinese gardens and new stadiums. I will be washing all four cars, both bikes and watering the browned off lawn today.

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