You need to ensure you’re prepared for the challenges to come. You’ll be relying on yourself, and 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 ones and twos?
The single best thing that people can do to help Wellington survive and thrive after a major earthquake is be prepared.
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 - so storing water is a must for every household.
You need to have to stored water for you and your family for at least seven days.
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 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 these containers?
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.
The first seven days after a major event are critical. You need to ensure you’re prepared for the challenges to come. You’ll be relying on yourself, and the food and water you have stored at home.