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Wellington would struggle for enough water to fight fires

Fire crews would struggle to access water to fight blazes after a large earthquake in Wellington.


Firefighters would be stopped from using the city’s reservoirs because they would be needed for drinking water.

There would be a significant risk of fire in the capital post-earthquake, because of its strong winds, steep slopes and old infrastructure, a new GNS report released.

Now, Wellington’s top agencies are trying to come up with alternative ways to fight a potential post-quake inferno.

One of their ideas is to ask the public to help by keeping fire extinguishers in their homes.

Other ideas include storing portable water in the city, and buying equipment to pump water from the ocean.

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