Auck­land wa­ter-sav­ing cam­paign ends

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It’s now safe for Auck­lan­ders to stop re­duc­ing their wa­ter con­sump­tion, Water­care has an­nounced.

The Auck­land Coun­cil­con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tion called on res­i­dents to cut their wa­ter use by 20 litres per per­son per day after the Tas­man Tem­pest smashed the re­gion in March.

The del­uge caused mas­sive slips in the Hunua Ranges, fill­ing wa­ter sup­ply dams with silt and re­duc­ing treat­ment ca­pac­ity at the Ard­more Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant.

At a press con­fer­ence on Mon­day morn­ing, Water­care spokesman Mark Bourne said the com­pany had been grad­u­ally in­creas­ing the plant’s ca­pac­ity over the past few weeks.

‘‘After the ‘off-the-charts’ rain­fall event in early March, Auck­land’s wa­ter sup­ply sit­u­a­tion was frag­ile with our Ard­more plant some­times shut­ting down for hours at a time,’’ he said.

‘‘Our team was work­ing around the clock to run the plant man­u­ally in or­der to sta­bilise pro­duc­tion. They were also run­ning our four other metropoli­tan plants at full-steam.’’

The Ard­more plant was now pro­cess­ing 230 mil­lion litres of wa­ter per day, Bourne said.

‘‘This means the five plants that serve peo­ple from Pukekohe to Wai­w­era can now re­li­ably pro­duce 500 mil­lion litres of wa­ter a day.

‘‘We are con­fi­dent that this is enough to meet Auck­land’s nor­mal wa­ter de­mand for this time of year, and we are pleased to call an end to our Save 20 cam­paign.’’

Bourne said Water­care was ‘‘ex­tremely thank­ful’’ for Auck­lan­ders’ ef­forts and the or­gan­i­sa­tion would be re­view­ing how it re­sponded to the down­pour.

‘‘Al­ready, we are work­ing with Auck­land Coun­cil to iden­tify lone Deb­bie hits the coun­try.

‘‘The last event was un­usual and look­ing at the fore­cast it seems there won’t be a huge im­pact on Auck­land,’’ Bourne said.

How­ever he was still en­cour­ag­ing Auck­lan­ders to use wa­ter wisely.

SI­MON MAUDE/FAIR­FAX NZ

Water­care spokesman Mark Bourne holds silted flood­wa­ter from the Hunua Dam at a press con­fer­ence in March.

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