The Council's emergency water plans

Wellington's emergency water supply is a critical issue. The Council has several initiatives under way to preserve and increase the city's water reserves.

Emergency water tanks

A number of 25,000 litre emergency water tanks have been installed across Wellington City so that in the event of an emergency, you may be able to collect drinking water from these tanks until the water pipe network is repaired.

The water can be collected from the water tanks via a manifold, which means more than one person can be filling a water container at the same time.

For safety reasons, we advise that this water is brought to the boil and boiled for one minute before drinking. 

The tanks are kept full. If necessary, they can be used to collect and store rainwater or refilled by water tankers.

Map showing the locations of the emergency water tanks in Wellington


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Regional role

The Council is a member of the Wellington Emergency Water Supply Planning Group. It takes a regional approach to managing the issue. The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) is developing strategies to address emergency bulk supplies.