Seven months on from last year’s earthquake, many Kaikoura residents are still without clean drinking water.
November’s 7.8 magnitude quake damaged several of Kaikoura’s water supplies, particularly in the rural areas, and boil water notices remain in place for the Fernleigh, Peketa, Oaro, Kincaid, East Coast and Suburban supplies.
Rick Irvine is on the Suburban scheme and said every time it rained his water was undrinkable. There were many others in the same boat, who were paying for bottled water or boiling water on a daily basis. He questioned why he was still being charged for a service which he was not getting.