Auck­land beats its water sav­ings tar­get

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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