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 Get your water storage sorted for your family

Have you thought about what you’d do for water after a major earthquake if the water network isn’t working? And do you have a plan for what to do with your ones and twos?

The single best thing that people can do to help Wellington survive and thrive after a major earthquake is be prepared.

Wellington Water and our Councils are working to make our infrastructure stronger every day. A number of initiatives are underway, including looking for temporary emergency water sources in Wellington and Porirua, testing water bladders to see if they can be used to distribute water and looking for drinking water under the Wellington Harbour.

Drinking water

Our water supply network crosses fault lines in multiple places. We expect it to take up to 100 days to restore services in some suburbs in the Wellington region.

Following a major earthquake, the first thing people rely on is themselves and their families - so storing water is a must for every household.

You need to have to stored water for you and your family for at least seven days.

Get your water storage sorted now! The average person uses 220 litres per day. After an earthquake 20 litres per day will provide a person water for drinking, cooking, handwashing, teeth brushing, dishes, sponge bath, first aid and cleaning waste water buckets. 3 litres per day per person would only allow enough water for drinking, cooking and washing hands. We recommend that you store enough water for your family for 7 days. Don't forget your pets!

We recommend that you store 20 litres per person per day - if you have a family of four, that's 560 litres. You may need to store more if you have unwell people or small children in your family.

How can I store my water?

There are loads of different storage options - one for every kind of situation!

Size of tank Options Size of tank Options

Juice/soft drink bottles
(1.5 – 2.4 litres)

Three soft drink bottles 20 litres Twenty litre water containers
8 litre pillow Eight litre water storage pillow 200 litres Two hundred litre water tank (available from your council)      200 litre water barrel
10 litres Ten litre containers 450 litres Four hundred and fifty litre water tank
15 litres Fifteen litre containers 1000 litres  Thousand litre thin tank

Once you've got your containers sorted, you'll need to make sure that you've stored your water correctly.

Where can I get these containers?

Please note that these suppliers are not endorsed by WREMO and WREMO accepts no responsibility for the products and services offered by the individual companies.  Companies and their details featured here are subject to change without notice

Company Website Size of Containers
Aqua Tanks

from 295 litres


from 425 litres

from 600 litres


from 120 litres

RXP Plastics

From 500 litres 


from 25 litres

Tank Guy

from 200 litres

Thin Tanks

from 1,000 litres


from 260 litres

Many hardware and DIY stores also stock emergency water containers.

Your local city council sells the 200 litre water tanks, see our water tank page for more details.


The wastewater network is even more vulnerable than the drinking water network - its broken pipes would take even longer to find and fix, and there'd be more of them.

Have you got a plan for what to do with your ones and twos?

Wastewater isn't just about toilets - you'll also need to think about how you would dispose of water used for cooking and hygiene. Water from cooking can be tipped into gardens, but keep water used in washing clothes or yourself away from food producing gardens.