Coun­cil turns off the taps

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Auck­land’s water short­age is not only af­fect­ing hu­mans, but dogs too.

A dog water foun­tain in the of­fleash area of Me­ola Reef Re­serve dog park in Point Che­va­lier has been run­ning dry for two weeks, leav­ing dogs and their own­ers thirsty.

Auck­lan­ders have been urged to re­duce their water con­sump­tion af­ter tor­ren­tial rain pum­meled the re­gion ear­lier this month dur­ing a storm dubbed the Tas­man Tem­pest. Res­i­dents were asked to cut their water use by 20 litres per day through­out March so water treat­ment plants could cope af­ter silt en­tered the plants due to slips and ero­sion, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to treat.

As a re­sult dog and hu­man drink­ing foun­tains have been turned off by the coun­cil.

A dog owner, who only wanted to be known as Myra, takes her dogs to Me­ola Reef Re­serve dog park up to three times a week.

‘‘It’s a lit­tle in­con­ve­nient, and I had to re­mem­ber to bring a bot­tle this morn­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘I use the foun­tain when it’s go­ing.’’

An­other dog owner, who did not want to be named, said not hav­ing a work­ing water foun­tain in­side the park was hard on her dogs.

‘‘When your dogs are re­ally hot and need a drink af­ter run­ning around, it’s an­noy­ing.’’

Auck­land Coun­cil spokes­woman Agnes McCormack said the foun­tain was turned off due to the re­cent storms and Water­care’s ap­peal to con­serve water.

‘‘Auck­land Coun­cil community fa­cil­i­ties has, where pos­si­ble, turned off water sup­plies to in­de­pen­dent drink­ing water foun­tains across the re­gion, in­clud­ing the foun­tain at Me­ola Reef Re­serve,’’ she said.

‘‘We have ap­plied the same method to foun­tains for both hu­mans and an­i­mals.’’

A foun­tain by the Me­ola Reef Re­serve car park con­tin­ues to work as water foun­tains at­tached to toi­let water sys­tems can­not be de­tached with­out af­fect­ing the sup­ply to the toi­lets.

McCormack said the sit­u­a­tion would re­main un­til coun­cil was di­rected by Water­care that nor­mal ser­vices could re­sume.

Water­care would not say how many dog foun­tains had been turned off.

Auck­lan­ders are still be­ing asked to con­serve water. It is not known when water foun­tains will be turned back on.


Carly, Daisy and Max wait be­side a dry water bowl at Me­ola Reef Re­serve dog park.

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