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Prepare and Store Water

How much water will you need? 

Disasters such as earthquakes and flooding are likely to significantly disrupt essential services such as the water supply, power, gas, and sewage reticulation. It's likely supermarkets and dairies could be closed. So where will you get water in an emergency?

Store water now, it is easy.

Everyone requires at least 10 litres of drinking water per person stored to last a minimum of three days. This water can also be used for basic hygiene (such as a quick wash and cleaning teeth) but it will soon run out, store more if you can.

You also need water for your pets, for washing and other household needs. Work out your requirements, as 10 litres is likely to run out very quickly.

The Get Ready Get Thru website has more information on how to prepare water for use in an emergency.

Emergency Water Tanks (and where to get them)

There are also emergency water tanks available through the council. Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group has partnered with a New Zealand water tank manufacturer, The Tank Guy, to make a 200-litre water tank and kit available for $110. You can buy one through the NCC website.

Water Tank features

  • Easy installation
  • Easy transportation, will fit into most cars
  • Food grade, UV-resistant plastic
  • All fittings, including a diverter kit (not shown in photo), strapping, bung and brass tap
  • 10 year warranty for the tank and 1 year warranty for the diverter kit.

Commonly asked questions

What is the size of the tank?
The tank holds 200 litres of water. It is 1200mm high, 650mm wide, weighs 7.5kg when empty and can fit into the backseat of most cars.

Do I have to boil the water?
Yes. Health professionals recommend boiling roof water before drinking. It is also recommended that you empty, clean, and refill your tank at least once a year.

What colour choices are there?
Tanks are available in heritage green and birch grey (subject to availability).

Can I link more than one tank together?
Yes. A series of water tanks can be connected together. You will need to buy additional material (connecting pipes/hose) from your local hardware store.

Do I have to fit the tank to a downpipe?
No. The tank can be used to store 200L of tap water, which should be refreshed every 12 months. It can then be connected to the downpipe in an emergency. This is a really good option if you are renting.  

What is the tank made of?
UV-resistant, food-grade plastic. It is certified as meeting New Zealand standards for water storage.

Are they easy to install?
Yes the tank is easy to install, the diverter kit can be installed by most home handymen/women. The tank comes with installation instructions and there is a video available on The Tank Guy website. If you have any concerns, the Tank Guy recommends you seek advice from your local plumber.

Are these tanks subsidised by ratepayers?
No. Hawke's Bay Emergency Management Office has been able to negotiate a bulk order to provide the tank and fittings at this exceptionally low price (retail price of the same tank and fittings is approximately $199). Council staff and facilities have helped to store and distribute the tanks, keeping the price low.

What do I do if I encounter a problem with the tank I purchased?
Any problems should be referred to The Tank Guy, phone 0508 326 8888, through their website, or send them an email.

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