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Burst Porirua water main causes supply problems in Titahi Bay

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A burst water main in Parumoana Street in the Porirua city centre led to requests for Titahi Bay residents to use less water.

The burst main flooded the carpark outside Harvey Norman.

It was reported by Wellington Water just before 9am this morning and the supply was affected for six hours.

Wellington Water said people in the area might experience low water pressure, or no water at all.

Repairs to the burst main were started at 9.30.

Then at 9.50, Wellington Water sent this message:

Due to the burst we are asking people in Titahi Bay to conserve water to help manage demand on the network. You can do this by taking shorter showers, holding off doing the laundry or watering the garden.

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This is the area affected by the burst water main.

And then this from Wellington Water:

We are urgently sending water tankers to the site. One tanker will be stationary outside 25 Awarua Street, Elsdon (The Elsdon Foodmarket) and the other will be roving the area to supply water to any residents as required.

At 3.15, Wellington Water said normal water supply should resume within 30 minutes to an hour. People should run a cold tap for a few minutes to clear any air pockets or cloudy water from their pipes before using hot taps, dishwashers and washing machines.


  1. Traveller, 11. January 2022, 15:00

    Did they have to shut off the water while they repaired the broken main?

  2. Kara, 12. January 2022, 11:44

    I remember from about 20 years ago when there was a prolonged downpour and the same area shown was almost knee high. Getting across from Whitireia to Elsdon by car meant floating for a few metres. Low lying areas don’t leave much room for pipes.


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