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, saying 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 Auck- land fell 15 million litres short of its water savings target on Friday.
On Friday afternoon Watercare’s Mark Bourne said the Ardmore Water treatment plant was treating 50 per cent less water than usual in the wake of the storms last week.
Bourne said the system was under severe pressure as a result of about two months worth of rain falling in less than 12 hours.
Water savings were required because the storm had vastly increased the amount of silt in the water.
Aucklanders were encouraged to meet the ‘‘Save 20’’ target by saving 20 litres less water per person per day.
The message applied to everyone connected to Auckland’s metropolitan water supply network from Pukekohe to Waiwera. minutes (save 16 litres)
2. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth (save 4 litres)
3. Only run your dishwasher when it’s full
4. Only run your washing machine when it’s full
5. Use the half-flush on your toilet.