Emergency water supply for firefighters an asset for Makara community

A community initiative to provide a water tank for firefighters has become a reality, thanks to the support of Wellington City Council and Meridian Energy.

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Makara Beach community now has a 30,000-litre emergency water tank that will provide firefighters with a fast and reliable supply of water when it is needed the most.

“It’s a valuable initiative that will make a significant difference in supporting the teams that respond to fires in the Makara Beach area,” says Peter Walker, Wellington Rural Fire Authority.

“Rural communities are challenged by being remote and Makara Beach is no different. The area has no fire hydrant network, meaning this water tank is vital in supplying fire crews with water immediately upon arrival.

“It takes around 20 minutes for a fire appliance to reach Makara Beach so efficient connection to a water supply will make a big difference in the event of a fire.”

Meridian Energy provided a grant of $13,357 from its West Wind community fund to purchase the water tank.
Wellington City Council has also pledged support by offering to assume ownership of the tank and to maintain it as a rural asset.

The Chair of Wellington City Council’s Community, Sport and Recreation Committee, Councillor Paul Eagle, says the installation of the tank fits perfectly with the Council’s ongoing work to increase the resilience of local communities.

“The presence of the tank should be good for the collective peace of mind of the beach community.”
Vicky Wutzler, a Makara Beach resident who has been driving the project, says she is grateful to the Wellington City Council, Rural Fire, Meridian and friends in the community who helped to bring this project to completion.

“The new water tank is a valuable resource for the community. Even though I hope we never have to use it, this is an excellent outcome for Makara Beach,” adds Vicky.

Wellington City Councillor Malcolm Sparrow, the Council’s Community Resilience Portfolio Leader, has praised Meridian and the beach community for the joint initiative.

“Meridian should be congratulated for this really valuable contribution to the local community.”

Find out more about Meridian’s community funds here https://www.meridianenergy.co.nz/about-us/community-support/community-funds.

In the photo, from left: Councillor Sparrow (Wellington City Council), Carly Andersen (Meridian), Vicky Wutzler (Makara resident) and Peter Walker (Wellington Rural Fire Authority).