Care needed with wa­ter

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As signs of a dry sum­mer grow, Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil is call­ing on res­i­dents to take ex­tra care with their wa­ter use – es­pe­cially for gar­den­ing and other out­door uses.

Rain­fall in Novem­ber was well be­low nor­mal in Welling­ton’s wa­ter sup­ply catch­ments – in­clud­ing a record low to­tal at Kaitoke in Up­per Hutt – and river lev­els are suf­fer­ing.

‘‘This could be a very tough sum­mer for wa­ter sup­ply, so I urge peo­ple to start go­ing easy with wa­ter,’’ said councillor Nigel Wil­son, chair­man of the GWRC cul­tural and so­cial well­be­ing com­mit­tee.

Rivers usu­ally pro­vide more than half of the wa­ter sup­ply for Porirua, Welling­ton, and the Hutt Val­ley. But at the end of last month, flow at Kaitoke weir was just 17 per cent of its Novem­ber av­er­age, and flow in the Wainuiomata River was 30 per cent of its Novem­ber av­er­age. The Hutt aquifer’s level was at 97 per cent of its Novem­ber av­er­age.

Mr Wil­son said the most re­cent long-range sum­mer cli­mate out­look in­di­cates av­er­age rain­fall. But there is lit­tle sign of that so far, and he warned ex­tra re­stric­tions could be brought in be­fore Christ­mas.

City coun­cil re­stric­tions cur­rently al­low wa­ter­ing with unat­tended sprin­klers and ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems on al­ter­nate days, depend­ing on house num­bers, from 6am till 8am and from 7pm till 9pm.

For wa­ter ef­fi­ciency tips, see bethed­if­fer­ence.gw.govt.nz.

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