Two hundred litre water tanks available from your local councilBuy a 200-litre water tank 

WREMO has partnered with a New Zealand water tank manufacturer, The Tank Guy, to make a 200-litre water tank and kit available for approximately $110 (RRP $265).

Water tank features

Features of the water tank/butt include:

  • Easy installation
  • Easy transportation, will fit into most cars
  • Food grade, UV resistant plastic
  • All fittings, including a diverter kit (not shown in photo), strapping, bung and brass tap
  • 10-year warranty for the tank and 1-year warranty for the diverter kit

Where to get a water tank

Available from Phone Council

Tip Shop
Southern Landfill, Owhiro Bay, Wellington

04 499 4444 Wellington City Council

Petone Library
7 Britannia Street, Petone

04 568 6253 Hutt City Council

Naenae Library
341 Cambridge Terrace, Hillary Court, Naenae

04 568 6253 Hutt City Council

Eastbourne Library
38 Rimu Street, Eastbourne

04 562 8042 Hutt City Council

Porirua City Council Service Centre
16 Cobham Court, Porirua

04 237 5089 Porirua City Council

175 Rimu Road

08000 486 486

04 296 4700

Kapiti Coast District Council

838-842 Fergusson Drive
Upper Hutt

04 527 2169 Upper Hutt City Council

64 Chapel Street

06 370 6300 Masterton District Council

Holloway Street

06 379 4030 Carterton District Council

19 Kitchener Street

60 306 9611 South Wairarapa District Council


Keeping your collected water safe

The Ministry of Health's Health Ed website has information on how to keep water in your water collection tank safe to drink 

Water collection tanks and safe household water


Commonly asked questions

What is the size of the tank?
The tank holds 200 litres of water. It is 1200 mm high, 650 mm wide, weighs 7.5 kg when empty and can fit into the backseat of most cars.

Do I have to boil the water?
Yes. Health professionals recommend boiling water before drinking. 

The Ministry of Health's Health Ed website has information on how to keep water in your water collection tank safe to drink 

Water collection tanks and safe household water

Making your water safe in an emergency

Making your water safe in an emergency (PDF, 437 KB)

There a simple steps you can take to make water safe in an emergency, including boiling and using bleach.

Also available as an image: Making your water safe in an emergency (JPG, 72 KB)

Do I have to clean the tank?
It is also recommended that you empty, clean, and refill your tank at least once a year.

What colour choices are there?
Tanks are available in heritage green and birch grey.

Can I link more than one tank together?
Yes. A series of water tanks can be connected together. You will need to buy additional material (connecting pipes/hose) from your local hardware store.

Do I have to fit the tank to a downpipe?
No. The tank can be used to store 200 L of tap water, which should be refreshed every 12 months. It can then be connected to the downpipe in an emergency. This is a really good option if you are renting. If you choose to store tap water then ensure all holes are covered. 

What is the tank made of?
UV-resistant, food-grade plastic. It is certified as meeting New Zealand standards for water storage.

Are they easy to install?
Yes, the tank is easy to install, the diverter kit can be installed by most home handymen/women. The tank comes with installation instructions and there is a video available on the Tank Guy website. If you have any concerns, the Tank Guy recommends you seek advice from your local plumber.

Are these tanks subsidised by ratepayers?
No. Wellington Region Emergency Management Office has been able to negotiate a bulk order to provide the tank and fittings at this exceptionally low price (retail price of the same tank and fittings is $265). Council staff and facilities have helped to store and distribute the tanks, keeping the price low.

What do I do if I encounter a problem with the tank I purchased?
Any problems should be referred to The Tank Guy, phone 0508 326 8888, through their website, or send them an email.

Community Fundraisers

You can help your school or community group raise funds by selling water tanks!  Email The Tank Guy for more information.


emergency toilets

Go to Step 8: Make an emergency toilet

After a large earthquake, don't flush!

Even if the water is still running, it's likely the wastewater pipes will be broken. When you flush the toilet, your poos and wees may end up in your garden (or your neighbours' gardens)! 

The wastewater network (which takes away the water we pour down the sink and our poos and wees) is even more vulnerable than the drinking water network - its broken pipes would take even longer to find and fix, and there'd be more of them.

Go to Step 7 to find out about how to make an emergency toilet