9 Nov 2011

Cook Islands residents asked to conserve water

5:21 pm on 9 November 2011

The Cook Islands government is asking people in Rarotonga to conserve water as they try to resolve their water storage problems.

A lack of rain has left many of the Cook Islands catchments below 30 percent capacity.

Of particular concern, is the water levels in Avatiu, the main town in Rarotonga.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning's Donye Numa says the Avatiu Water Intake was on the verge of dropping to a critical level last week - at 17 percent of the optimum - however recent rainfall has pushed the levels to 27 percent.

"In the short term we have been addressing our storage problems which means looking at building storage water tanks and or looking at putting in the capacity around schools with the purchase of water tanks. We've been asking people to not wash their cars and conserve water, and the Ministry is delivering water to people who have low water tanks."

Ms Numa says there is no need to put water restrictions in place, due to weekend rain.