All water schemes working

23 rural water schemes in the Waitaki district are operating again after many were closed because of flooding last week.

Dunback was the last of the schemes to be switched on by the Waitaki District Council, when pumps started operating again yesterday.

However, a pipe across the Shag River supplying some consumers was washed away and it was hoped a temporary replacement would be in place today.

"Boil water" and conserve water notices in place for the Awamoko, Lower Waitaki and Herbert-Waianakarua schemes will not be lifted until the schemes have three consecutive clear-water tests.

Policy manager Ben Hopkins said as schemes got back to full pressure, leaks caused by ground shifting were becoming apparent.

Consumers who spotted leaks or whose tanks were not filling should notify the council. It could take up to two days for some tanks on the extremities of supplies to start filling.

Tankers with drinking water, at the Herbert Garage and Papakaio Community Centre, were still available to consumers who ran out, and a decision would be made today on how long they would remain.

The council has also made good progress repairing roads affected by the flooding. At its peak, more than 120 roads were closed.

Yesterday, that number had been reduced to 16 as contractors made mainly temporary repairs to restore access. One of the roads opened yesterday was Haven St, the main road into Moeraki.

The council has also closed all sports grounds, except for Centennial Park, until further notice, because of ground conditions.

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