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.

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