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Update on Critical Water Shortage in Woodville

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

We’d like to thank the community for their understanding, patience and support while we work to fix this issue. We’d also like to extend our gratitude to the Dannevirke and Otane Volunteer Fire Brigades for their support yesterday along with Fonterra to ferry water to Woodville.

The treated water reservoir had a small increase in the water level overnight however there has not been enough of an increase to remove the total hosing ban and current restrictions in place. The total hosing ban and restrictions will remain in place for at least another 24 hours.

We have identified three minor leaks in the reticulation that are contributing to the increased usage of water. Staff are actively conducting a visual inspection for leaks in the reticulation network for both urban and extraordinary users.

We have engaged a professional leak detection company to conduct a more thorough leak detection survey of the total pipe reticulation in the Woodville area. The leak detection survey will take 2-3 days to complete and will begin as early as possible next week - more detail on this will be provided as soon as it is available.

Council staff have worked overnight to ensure a continued supply to the town and this will continue.

We are focused on resolving this issue as quickly and efficiently as possible and we will continue to provide regular updates to residents through our channels and through the media. Things you can do to help

Conserve water: The biggest thing that residents can do to help is to conserve water as much as possible and abide by the total hosing ban while it is in effect. Check for leaks: In addition to this, residents can help by checking all taps and tanks for leaks and reporting any leaking tobies or pipes to Council as soon as possible.

Please continue to be patient: We understand this is an inconvenience to many. We ask for your patience as we work to get this fixed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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