New Zealand, Christchurch earthquake: emergency water and sanitation measures

New Zealand army troops take water from the sea to desalinate

New Zealand army troops take water from the sea to desalinate. Photo: New Zealand Defence Force

Water and power services are gradually being restored in the city of Christchurch, three days after it was hit by an earthquake, leaving 103 people dead and 228 listed as missing.

Seventy-five per cent of earthquake-ravaged Christchurch now has power and 40 per cent has water but authorities are still warning people to conserve and boil it before drinking.

If water was available and there were no sewage flows appearing near the house, residents could flush toilets sparingly but should continue to avoid showering, the authorities said.

Otherwise residents were advised to dig a hole of reasonable depth, bury their waste and not put it out for the kerbside collection. Scrupulous hygiene should be observed to avoid the spread of disease.

There are 200 portaloos in the city now and 900 should be set up in the next few days, the council said.

Source: Stuff.co.nz, 25 Feb 2011

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