Boil water notice lifted across the city
The Medical Officer of Health is satisfied that Christchurch tap water is now safe to drink without boiling. The boil water notice has been lifted across all suburbs in Christchurch, Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula.
Despite the lifting of the notice people should still conserve water. The Christchurch water supply and waste water infrastructure is still fragile and we need to avoid putting undue pressure on it.
The Christchurch City Council will continue sampling to ensure that water remains safe to drink.
The Canterbury District Health Board plans to remove the chlorine from the Christchurch water supply as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
People returning to their houses or business premises for the first time since the boil water notice has been lifted should turn on all the taps and let them run for a minimum of five minutes. If after five minutes the water is still discoloured, they should continue to run the taps until the water is clear.
Roading – 30kph speed limits introduced in eastern suburbs
Reduced speed limits are being introduced on earthquake damaged roads in Christchurch’s eastern suburbs to prevent further deterioration and allow for repairs.
Police will be enforcing the new 30kph speed limits in the following areas: Avondale, Avonside, Burwood, Clifton/Richmond Hill, Dallington, Ferrymead, Horseshoe Lake, New Brighton, North New Brighton, Parklands, Richmond, St Andrews/Mt Pleasant/Balmoral Hill, Sumner, Waimari Beach/Northshore.
The reduced speed limit will remain in place until the roads have been repaired.
Road Closure – Evans Pass Road
It is likely road closures will be in place on Evans Pass Road next week to allow blasting, and placement and removal of rockfall-arresting containers.
- Monday 11 April and Friday 15 April: 8.30am to 5.00pm.
- Tuesday 12 April to Thursday 14 April: intermittent closures up to 2 hours, between 8am – 5pm.
Vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians will not be allowed to use Evans Pass Road during the closures.
More chemical toilets will be delivered to eleven specified pick-up locations in some eastern suburbs this Saturday 9 April between 8:30 am and 11:30 am. Residents will need to bring proof of address and identity, e.g. a power bill and drivers licence.
Instructions on how to use the chemical toilet will come with it.
The chemical toilets are being delivered to the following locations for pick up:
- Corner Achilles and Bampton Streets
- Corner McBratneys Road and Fleete Street
- Corner New Brighton Road and Queensbury Street
- Corner Avondale and Breezes Roads (at Breezes Rd shopping centre)
- Corner New Brighton Road and Baker Street
- Corner Wainoni Road and Orrick Crescent
- Corner Pages and Breezes Roads (on Breezes Rd, south side of intersection)
- Corner Carisbrooke and Soberton Streets
North New Brighton
- Corner Bower Avenue and Sandy Road
Seaview Road Hawke St and Shaw Avenue (opposite fire station)
South New Brighton
Please check this page to make sure of locations, which could change due to recovery work.
Reduction of cordons Zone 4 North and Zone 7A
Zone 4 North, encompassing Bealey Avenue, Salisbury Street, Montreal Street and Park Terrace, will open to residents and business owners from 8am on Sunday 10 April and to the public from 8am on Monday 11 April.
Zone 7A, encompassing Chester Street East, Madras Street, Barbados Street and Oxford Terrace, will open to residents and business owners on Monday 11 April and to the public from 8am on Tuesday 12 April.
This will help with access for residents who live in the Avonside Loop and will enable businesses with approved, safe buildings to operate.
Military checkpoints will remain in place after 7A Zone has opened to the public to ensure there is no unauthorised entry into Zones 6, 7 and the Red Zone.
Further cordon charges around Zone 7 are expected early next week.
Time capsules to be opened by Mayor Bob Parker
Following the earthquake two time capsules (one glass and one sealed copper tube) were discovered beneath the Godley Statue in Cathedral Square.
A third time capsule (sealed tin box) has been unearthed in the old Civic Building on Manchester Street. All time capsules are in the care of Canterbury Museum.
Mayor Bob Parker will open the two sealed time capsules at Canterbury Museum on Tuesday 12 April at 2.00pm. Media are invited to attend.
There are no community briefings this weekend. Community briefings will be held the following weekend. Full details are on this page.
Seismic reflection survey for Brighton Beach
Seismic reflection equipment is currently being used along New Brighton Beach from south end of Rocking Horse Road to the New Brighton Pier.
The purpose of this work is to determine the structure of the ground below.
The seismic unit is working above the high tide level on the beach on Saturday 9 April and possibly into Sunday 10 April depending on progress.
Once the survey along New Brighton Beach is completed the unit will be moving inland to run a similar survey within the CBD.
Red Cross Hardship grants close on Monday
Red Cross hardship grants close on Monday 11 April, 5pm.
Residents can apply at Canterbury’s Red Cross Head Office at 34 Birmingham Drive, open 9am to 5pm Monday (closed over the weekend) or at any of their eight Recovery Assistance Centres, open until midday Saturday.
Forms can be downloaded from http://www.redcross.org.nz or from any open WINZ office.
The Red Cross is considering the next round of grants and hope to have information next week.
Call 0800 754 726 for more details.