Lake upgrade reduces water this summer
No-one likes water restrictions, so keep an eye on your water use this summer, Porirua City Council says.
An upgrade project means storage lakes in Upper Hutt that contribute to the greater Wellington water supply will be out of action all summer, and the region needs to reduce its use of water.
‘‘We have only got 45 per cent of our water this year, and Niwa are projecting a warm, dry summer, so if we are careful, we won’t run short later,’’ says Porirua City Council senior water engineer Desmond Scrimgeour.
Porirua’s water usage has been very good regionally, he says, the result of a council programme to reduce wastage.
‘‘Last year we saved 230 million litres, and we are pretty much on a par with last year.
‘‘The main reductions last year seemed to come from households.’’
But this year there is even less water, so it’s important that people start conserving it early.
‘‘It’s a matter of the community being aware and doing little things like turning the tap off while you are cleaning your teeth, putting a onelitre bottle of water in the toilet cistern, which displaces and saves water, change leaking washers, and look at leaks and have them fixed.’’