21 Oct 2011

Cook Islands continues to face water shortages

6:53 am on 21 October 2011

Water shortages on the Cook Islands main island of Rarotonga are continuing to impact water pressure across the island, with the village of Avatiu getting just 17 percent of its optimal level.

The Cook Islands Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning has called on all Rarotonga residents to conserve water in response to the dry weather.

Other Cook Islands communities are also suffering from a lack of rain.

On Aitutaki land is scorched from domestic fires which raged out of control in dry, windy conditions.

On Penrhyn there's been water rationing and crops are poor as a result of the lack of water.

The Cook Islands generally gets wet weather from November through to March.