Lake up­grade re­duces water this sum­mer

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

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.’’

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