Cartoon - No emergency relief this summer

By: James Nicholls

Residents who rely on rainwater are being urged to install an extra tank or they could be left high and dry by Auckland Council this summer.

Ongoing drought pressures and Emergency Budget cuts mean that even if household tanks run dry and there are lengthy waits to get them filled, there will be no emergency tankers to boost supplies, as happened last summer.

Council’s Healthy Waters Strategy head, Andrew Chin, said there simply weren’t the resources to mobilise the milk tanker fleet again.

“That cost $1.4 million, which we could absorb normally, but we simply couldn’t underwrite that kind of expense now,” he told last month’s Rodney Local Board meeting. ... read more

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