Water intake on temporary bypass

Friday December 28, 2018 Written by Published in Environment

The Matavera water intake is on a temporary bypass while intake upgrades are taking place under Te Mato Vai.


Infrastructure Cook Islands’ Water Division says this means stream water does not undergo the usual settling and retention before entering the pipeline.

“This can affect the water supplied from Matavera intake through sediments and organic matter blocking up the strainer and slowing flow,” a post on the ICI Facebook page said yesterday.

“The Water Division are clearing the strainer daily and the public are recommended to regularly clean their home water filters.

The Cook Islands relies on rain water for household, business and agricultural water supply. Water is a precious resource and as much as possible needs to be done to conserve water and avoid wastage.

Try out some of these easy water conservation tips:

• Take shorter showers and turn off the tap while you soap up.

• Don't leave the tap running while brushing your teeth.

• Collect rain and wash water if possible for use in the garden.

• Wash vegetables and fruit in a bowl of water rather than under a running tap.

• Don’t leave taps dripping - repair any worn washers.

• Only flush number "2s".

• Only wash full loads in washing machines.

• If you have a dehumidifier or air conditioning unit which collects water, this can be used to water houseplants as can water from defrosting a fridge or freezer. This is distilled water.

• Water remaining after boiling eggs can be cooled and used to water plants as this is high in nutrients - as is the dirty water taken from a fish tank.

• Fit a water-saving device in your toilet cistern or replace with a modern one as these use less water for each flush.

• If your shower fills a 4-litre bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the shower head with a water-efficient model.

ICI encourages all homeowners to keep up-to-date with the maintenance of their household pipes. Leaking pipes are one of the main causes of loss of water pressure and water wastage.

            - ICI

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