Digital Photograph: Temporary Drinking Water Tank on Oxford Street, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
Production date
25 Feb 2011
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 25 February 2011 showing the temporary water tank installed on the grassy [local name for Lyttelton Main School Field] to provide drinking water for residents to collect when there was no town supply water.
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A temporary source of drinking water was needed following the 22 February 2011 earthquake. In Lyttelton and Christchurch the pipework, reservoirs and pumps all needed repair, as well as the restoration of electricity to power them. Within days of the quake residents filled containers from large tanks such as this one provided by the New Zealand Army. At these temporary water tanks hygiene was taken very seriously to try to prevent an outbreak of illness. Larger stations were staffed by volunteers who ensured that people collecting water had used hand sanitiser and the filling hoses did not become dirty.
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Oxford Street
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