Busy time for wa­ter car­ri­ers

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NETTE LAMBLY

Wa­ter is the big is­sue fac­ing many North­landers.

The dec­la­ra­tion of an of­fi­cial drought on Fe­bru­ary 3 by the Min­is­ter for Pri­mary In­dus­tries Nathan Guy came as no sur­prise to any­one liv­ing in North­land with wa­ter sup­plies, par­tic­u­larly for those on tank wa­ter, al­ready com­pro­mised by the dry con­di­tions.

Wa­ter car­ri­ers through­out the re­gion re­port be­ing busier than a nor­mal sum­mer, par­tic­u­larly in Man­gawhai where a se­vere wa­ter short­age has been par­tially al­le­vi­ated by wa­ter be­ing trucked by Fon­terra tankers from The Whangarei Dis­trict Coun­cil wa­ter fa­cil­ity at Ruakaka to a bulk de­pot at Man­gawhai.

Heather Juretich from Dar­gav­ille Car­ri­ers and Wa­ter 2 Go in Whangarei con­firms they and other car­ri­ers have all been busy with de­liv­er­ies in their re­spec­tive dis­tricts.

WDC’s wa­ter ser­vice man­ager An­drew Ven­more says De­cem­ber and Jan­uary have been the dri­est since the coun­cil started keep­ing sta­tis­tics on rain­fall in 1971.

He doesn’t ex­pect any kind of wa­ter re­stric­tions will be needed for at least four to six weeks but notes, ‘‘if we don’t get sub­stan­tial rain in the next week we may look at ask­ing peo­ple to take care not to waste wa­ter.’’

How­ever res­i­dents at around 35 prop­er­ties at Man­ga­pai have been asked to make a real ef­fort to con­serve wa­ter be­cause the Man­ga­pai Stream is vey low.

The Far North Dis­trict Coun­cil has raised their wa­ter re­stric­tions in the Opononi -Omapere area to in­clude a full ban on the use of hoses, and the fill­ing of pri­vate swim­ming pools from the coun­cil’s wa­ter sup­plies.

Res­i­dents can still wa­ter gar­dens and clean out­doors us­ing a bucket.

A dis­trict wide ban in­tro­duced on Jan­uary 16 re­mains on sprin­klers, unat­tended gar­den hoses and au­to­matic ir­ri­ga­tion de­vices for all prop­er­ties con­nected to its town wa­ter sup­plies in other ar­eas.

Town sup­plies af­fected are Kaitaia, Kerik­eri-Waipapa, Wai­tangiPai­hia-Opua, KawakawaMo­erewa, Kaikohe-Ngawha, Rawene-Omanaia and Okai­hau. The coun­cil wel­comed the an­nounce­ment as it un­der­lines the se­ri­ous si­t­u­a­tion fac­ing the Far North and re­in­forces the need for Far North res­i­dents to con­serve wa­ter.

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