Emergency Water Supplies
This page explains the reasons you need an emergency supply of water.
You need water for survival
Water is necessary for survival. You need water for drinking, cleaning and hygiene and preparing food.
The water that comes out of your tap in Porirua comes from the Te Marua storage lakes north of Upper Hutt. It gets pumped up and over Haywards Hill before flowing down to our reservoirs, and on down to you.
In a big event, like an earthquake, this network may be severely damaged. We’ll try to preserve the water in the reservoirs by shutting down the supply. This means that there will be no supply of water directly to your house or workplace, so you need to have some stored.
On a day-to-day basis, sometimes we have to do a bit of maintenance on the system, so water may be cut off to your street for a short time. A perfect time to use some of your stored water!
Learn how to store water for an emergency
Find out where you can find water in an emeregncy
Learn how to make water safe to drink
10 litre water containers for sale - just $5 each!
Porirua City Counci has 10L plastic water containers available from Reception at the amazing price of just $5 each. These sturdy PET bottles have a no-glug design, and you can fill them right to the top.
Links to more emergency information
Porirua’s current emergency status - What's happening now?
Wellington Region Emergency Management Office Facebook page
www.getprepared.co.nz – Preparedness in the Wellington Region
www.getthru.govt.nz – Learn how you and your family can get ready and get through
www.civildefence.govt.nz – Get the latest information on civil defence emergencies in NZ
www.geonet.org.nz – Find out about recent earthquakes in NZ
www.metservice.com – The latest on NZ weather