Cooler weather eases H20 use

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Wa­ter re­stric­tions have been lifted across Hamil­ton City, Waikato dis­trict and Waipa dis­trict.

An un­usu­ally wet sum­mer, cooler tem­per­a­tures com­bined with residents manag­ing their wa­ter us­age has meant treat­ment plants were able to keep up with de­mand.

Waipa Dis­trict Coun­cil wa­ter ser­vices man­ager, Tony Hale said de­mand across Waipa var­ied across sum­mer.

‘‘We had sig­nif­i­cantly higher rain­fall this sum­mer, with 593mm fall­ing from De­cem­ber to midMarch, com­pared to 314mm for the same pe­riod last year.

‘‘The high rain fall meant this was the first year that Waipa stayed at Alert Level One and the ear­li­est re­stric­tions have been com­pletely lifted in the last six years.’’

At its high­est, Cam­bridge wa­ter use reached Alert Level 3 trig­gers, he said.

‘‘Cam­bridge de­mand was strongly in­flu­enced by the weather, as soon as the sun came out their wa­ter use sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased.’’

On a rainy day, wa­ter use in Cam­bridge sat around 10 mil­lion litres, com­pared to a sunny day when it rose to 15 mil­lion litres.

At its peak, Waipa residents were us­ing 204 mil­lion litres of wa­ter a week. Met­ser­vice fore­cast into the week­end is for sunny spells to­wards Fri­day with scat­tered rain fall­ing over the Waikato re­gion by Satur­day.

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