14 Dec 2012

Rain improves Cooks water pressure

2:35 pm on 14 December 2012

Heavy rainfall this week in the Cook Islands has improved water pressure levels throughout most of Rarotonga, but it may only be temporary.

Pressure level recordings over the last week have shown an increase in 11 of the 12 intakes on the island.

The Ngatoe intake has increased the most, going from 29 percent of its optimum level to 77 percent in the last two days.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning's water works chief, Takave Manea, says the rain has brought momentary relief for residents.

He says most of the intakes have still only just reached half of their optimum water levels.

Officials are encouraging people to keep checking for leaky pipes and doing what they can to conserve water.