Council turns off the taps
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.