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Coun­cil keeps wary eye on water use

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Water use over sum­mer­will be care­fully watched by Western Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil to en­sure there is enough for ev­ery­one if drought con­di­tions pre­vail.

Last­sum­mer­coun­cil­was forced to in­tro­duce strict water use re­stric­tions (hand­held hoses only) in­someparts of the District as reser­voirs dropped un­der the re­quired min­i­mum­level for daily de­mand.

Coun­cil’s util­i­ties man­ager Kelvin Hill saysNIWAha­s ad­vised that a hot and­hu­mid sum­meris fore­cast, so coun­cil’s team will be keep­ing awatch­ful eye on the district’s water use— aswill most coun­cils across the coun­try, due to the low win­ter rain­fall.

The La Nina weather pat­tern this year is an­tic­i­pated to bring warmer, more hu­mi­dand hot­ter tem­per­a­tures dur­ing sum­mer.

Coun­cil’s drink­ing water is sourced from deep un­der­ground aquifers in three water zones: Western Zone (Waihi Beach and Katikati), Cen­tral Zone (Omoko­roa, Te Puna and Min­den) and East­ern Zone (Te Puke, Maketu).

Sig­nage to mon­i­tor water lev­els in coun­cil’s reser­voirs have been put at the en­trances to Katikati, Waihi Beach, Athen­ree, Omoko­roa, Maketu, and Te Puke and will serve as a re­minder over sum­merto be care­ful with water use and con­serve wher­ever pos­si­ble.

Reser­voirs must main­tain a con­stant

50 per cent­min­i­mum water level to meet the dai­ly­de­mands­for drink­ing water.

“Ev­ery year­we­have­more hol­i­day­mak­ers here andwe are ex­pect­ing even­morethis year in light of Covid-19 over­seas travel re­stric­tions,” says Kelvin.

“We­con­sis­tently pro­mote a strong ‘con­serve’ water mes­sage and I be­lieve that peo­ple gen­er­ally have a

greater un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of care­ful water use.

“We­hope that by get­ting the mes­sage out early this year about the pos­si­bil­ity of adrier sum­mer, our res­i­dents will do their bit to con­serve water and wewill avoid bring­ing in re­stric­tions.

“Water is a pre­cious

re­source thatwe­need to value and use ef­fi­ciently,” Kelvin says. i

 ??  ?? Sig­nage is up as a re­minder to be care­ful with water use over sum­mer.
Sig­nage is up as a re­minder to be care­ful with water use over sum­mer.

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