Preserving Christchurch’s water while walking

Christchurch residents really value their water, which is sourced from aquifers underneath the city.   It was only recently (within the last couple of years) that our water supply had to be chlorinated – an issue that remains contentious.

Izzy water meter

Izzy drinks from the puddle and runoff from a leaking water meter

But, thanks to our earthquakes and general deterioration of the infrastructure, we also have a very leaky water distribution system.

I have lost count of the number of leaking water meters I have found during my walks with Izzy which I have reported to the Christchurch City Council to ensure they are repaired. (You can also report using the Snap Send Solve app) We simply can’t assume that the Council knows about every leak in a timely way.

Another way dog walking benefits our community.

I encourage all my local readers to pay attention to water leaks as they walk around the city; take a photo and report the leak!

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

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