Wellington Scoop

Water main leaking in Victoria Street, after earlier failures in Hataitai and Seatoun

A watermain began leaking in Victoria Street in the Wellington CBD this afternoon, two days after a watermain burst on State Highway 1 in Hataitai, and four days after a burst main in Seatoun.

The council-owned Wellington Water, reporting on today’s failure, said water would be shut off to the Victoria Street area at 2:00pm while the watermain was assessed and repaired. It warned that there might be a slight drop in pressure to the wider commercial properties in the area.

At 2pm it said the initial watermain burst had caused a discharge of silt to the sumps which was “being managed by the team to minimise the environmental impact. Crews will clean up the silt on site and are currently installing filter cloth protection around the sumps.”

At 2.30 it said a limited supply of bottled water was available on site. And a temporary tap stand had been set up outside 152 Victoria Street, for residents to fill their own containers.

There was no further information. Another communications failure.

Wellington.Scoop – 6 December
The council-owned company Wellington Water today reported a water leak on State Highway 1 in Hataitai, near the north bound lane of Wellington Road, before the Ruahine Street intersection.

It said work to fix the leak would start after 7pm and water would be shut off at approximately 9pm. There was no information about how many homes would lose their water supply.

But due to the location of the leak, Traffic Management would require a two way “stop go”.

Then came an update at 10.10pm: We have located the water leak and are exposing the water main for repair. We are managing the water flow from the leak and have held off shutting off the water at this stage.

After that: no further information from Wellington Water. A communications outage?

Wellington.Scoop – December 4
There was another burst water main in Wellington today – the third this week. This one was in Seatoun – at 66 Burnham Street.

The water supply was cut to thirty houses and to Seatoun School.

Wellington Water said a potable water tanker had been provided for use during the outage.

It then gave no further information about progress on fixing the water supply, and failed to mention the break on its website.

Two water mains burst in the CBD earlier this week – one in Willis Street and one in Cuba Street.

And last week there were four burst water mains.

1 comment:

  1. Chris Calvi-Freeman, 6. December 2020, 16:59

    “Due to the location of the leak, Traffic Management will require a two way “stop go”.” Cue long queues! Or perhaps divert the eastbound traffic coming out of the Mt Vic tunnel left onto Taurima Street then right onto Moxham Avenue, leaving the citybound traffic on Wellington Road/Ruahine Street. Traffic from Newtown to use Crawford Road down to Kilbirnie. QED.