Waiheke Marketplace : November 24th 2010
3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 NEWS GROUND STABILIZATION • Up to 900 diameter - 10 meters deep • Slip Retention • Barrier Pile Walls • Retaining Walls • Foundation Drilling & Footing • Pile Ramming Land deveLopers Ltd 372 1115 Mob 027 499 4477 Email email@example.com Check and be tank-full Running dry: Darryl Beech of Waiheke Aqua says water tankers have been run off their feet with desperate requests for tank water because of a drier than average October. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES WATER companies are urg- ing residents to check their tanks despite rain over the weekend and more forecast for this week. A spate of desperate calls for urgent water deliveries have had water tankers booked out. Despite higher than aver- age rainfall in August and September NIWA scientists say October was extremely sunny and dry with 40 percent less rainfall and 125 percent more sunshine hours than average''. And despite predictions of showers on the weekend of the SeaLink Jassy Dean Gar- den Safari, none arrived. Showers were also forecast for last Thursday but there was only a few minutes of drizzle. Then 31mm water provided some respite on Saturday night but it wasn't the tank top-up residents were hoping for. Steve Malcolm of Wai Water says because the island had a lot of rain during winter people have been taking it for granted that they have plenty of water. In reality we haven't had any decent rain for about a month.'' Tom McDaniel of Only Water is also concerned that people might not have the reserves to get through sum- mer. Fill the tanks before the summer period, especially on holiday rental houses, as urgent deliveries may not be immediately available and people could lose tenants because of this,'' he says. New Zealand is currently in a La Nina weather cycle, north-easterly winds are characteristic, which are sup- posed to bring moist, rainy conditions to the north-east of the North Island. But this cycle is only responsible for affecting 25 percent of the weather. Tracy Peterson of Waiheke Water warns: If we have another summer like last year people may need to wait one to two weeks for a water delivery.'' NIWA reports October to December temperatures are likely to be above average in all regions. Rainfall is likely to be near normal or below normal in the east of both islands, and soil moisture levels and stream flows are likely to be near normal or below normal in most regions. Darryl Beech of Waiheke Aqua says people should be checking their tanks now. Check your tanks and order water when they are a quarter full and you still have at least two to three days of water left.'' And Mr Malcolm is warn- ing people who let their tanks run dry that they can end up burning their pumps out. It can result in getting air into their systems which then requires priming by a plumber,'' he says. La Nina conditions are likely to continue through to at least autumn of 2011, according to NIWA. If you have only half a tank of water on Christmas day you will be on a waiting list for water by mid- January,'' Mr McDaniel says. It's better to be prepared as well as conserving water.'' Saving shower and bath water for the garden can con- serve water as does using eco or short cycles on washing machines and dishwashers. Visit www.wateruseit wisely.com for 100 tips on conserving water. IN BRIEF Three arrested Police made three arrests over the last week. The first on November 17 involved a 17-year-old Palm Beach youth. He was charged with intentional damage to a bus. He has already appeared in court and will reappear in early December. On November 20, a 22-year- old Onetangi man was arrested for disorderly behaviour, obstructing police and resisting arrest. He will appear in court later this week. The following day, a 35-year- old Onetangi man was arrested after breaking into a house to commit burglary, two counts of intentional damage, threatening to kill and threatening grievous bodily harm, after assaulting his ex- girlfriend and a man. Police would like to thank the concerned people who phoned. Church robbed Missing item: A brass vase similar to the one pictured has been stolen. Police are calling for help after St Andrews Church in Onetangi was burgled. Some time between November 12 and 16 the church was entered and items stolen. The missing pieces include a brass vase similar to the one pictured, and a brass candle snuffer. Police say anyone offered these items, or who knows of their whereabouts should contact them on 372-1150.
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