Army called in to help drought-hit New Zealand townsChristian Fernsby ▼ | February 28, 2020
New Zealand has deployed soldiers to help prevent drought-stricken North Island towns from running dry as authorities consider imposing water restrictions in Auckland.
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Troops with trucks capable of carrying large loads of water were sent to Northland this week to help replenish storage tanks in parched towns and settlements.
"Water is an important resource and we are happy to help the communities," second lieutenant Josh Gaul-Crown said yesterday.
Tankers owned by dairy giant Fonterra are also being used to freight in water between their regular milk collection runs.
The situation has become so dire that thieves stole 40,000 litres (8,800 gallons) of water from a tank at Tinopai school, an act principal Sonya Kaihe described as "despicable". ■