Beban, J.G.; Doody, B.J.; Wright, K.C.; Cousins, W.J.; Becker, J.S. 2013 Water needs and the availability of water in post-earthquake Wellington City, and the significance of social factors in determining community resilience. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2013/15 54 p.
Abstract: The Wellington Fault is expected to generate a magnitude 7.5 earthquake. The direct and indirect impacts of this event are expected to cause wide and extensive damage to buildings, infrastructure and lifelines and result in the loss of life and injury. The security of the water supply and the availability of alternatives is an important consideration as the bulk-supply pipelines cross the Wellington Fault in several places. It is expected that following a Wellington Fault earthquake, there will be water shortages in Wellington City. The availability of water will be in the short-term critical to ensuring people’s survival, and in the long term their health and wellbeing. In this context, we address the following questions in this report: 1. How much water do people require to survive and function? 2. How much water is available in Wellington City in the absence of the bulk supply? 3. How will people deal with the unavailability of piped water to their households? (auth)