Upset residents mistreating water workers due to Napier crisis


Napier water workers are facing abuse from residents upset about the city's water crisis. There had been concern water would run out on Monday night, but the council says there is still a supply.

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton joins The AM Show to discuss the water shortage.

Quite frankly, the usage of water in Napier was just excessive.

Mr Dalton explains that while the average Kiwi uses 300 litres of water a day, Napier residents had been using an average of 570 litres over the past weekend.

The supply is at a critically low level and a total watering ban has been put in place.

"While we understand that some of you aren't happy with the water restrictions, please don't take your frustrations out on the guys in the frontline," the Napier City Council says.

But residents haven't been so forgiving.

"We pay your salaries, & we demand service for payment & whoever in charge of water that allowed this to happen should be fired immediately," one person commented on Facebook.

Listen to the full interview with Bill Dalton above. 

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