Auckland beats its water savings target
It’s still safe to drink from the tap in Auckland but people are urged to continue reducing their water use.
Watercare commended residents’ efforts on Sunday, and said the region beat its target of using less than 400 million litres of water a day by nearly 10 million litres on Saturday.
The clarity of water entering the Ardmore Water Treatment Plant was still worse than expected due to massive storms causing slips and erosion in the Hunua Ranges.
The treatment plants were able to meet demand and water quality had not yet been compromised but Watercare chief executive Raveen Jaduram said the city wasn’t out of the woods yet.
Jaduram said if water demand increases substantially, the company would have to release partially treated water into Auckland’s supply, requiring a boil water notice.
‘‘The situation at our Ardmore Water Treatment Plant remains serious and we do not expect that to change in the next few days,’’ Jaduram said.
‘‘Therefore, the challenge for Aucklanders is to continue to use less water, especially when the weather improves later in the week.’’
This success came after Auckland fell 15 million litres short of its water savings target on Friday.
On Friday Watercare’s Mark Bourne said the Ardmore Water Treatment plant was treating 50 per cent less water than usual in the wake of the storm last week.
Bourne said the system was under severe pressure as a result of two months of rain falling in less than 12 hours.
Water savings were required because the storm had vastly increased silt levels.
Aucklanders were encouraged
Silted floodwater from Hunua Dam as demonstrated at a Watercare press conference on Friday.