Community Infrastructure Resilience: Emergency Water Distribution Plan

Facilitating the agreement of plans for the distribution of water from community water stations to local distribution points in the event of an emergency.

Project overview

We are working with Wellington Water and local authorities to facilitate the agreement of plans for the distribution of water from 22 community water stations and resilient reservoirs to local distribution points in the event of an emergency.   These plans need to be robust, owned by those tasked with enacting them, and sustainable to ensure the deployment capability exists when it is needed.

Project goals

Wellington’s water supply network is vulnerable to major seismic events. Supply may be disrupted for 100 days or more.

Wellington Water, with funding from the Department of Internal Affairs and local authorities, is addressing this risk through the Community Infrastructure Resilience project. Community water stations have been constructed as a foundation for an above-ground emergency water supply network.

This project focuses on the distribution of water from these emergency water stations and resilient reservoirs to local distribution points for collection by the public. The proposed distribution method uses refillable 1000 and 5000-litre water bladders transported by vehicles such as utes, vans, trailers or trucks. This innovative solution to providing emergency drinking water reflects the challenges of the local topography and likely supply disruption following a major seismic event.

Key contact

Richard Ball

Senior Consultant
Resilient Organisations Ltd
e : [email protected]

Project team

Tracy Hatton

Resilient Organisations

Richard Ball

Resilient Organisations

Erica Seville

Resilient Organisations