Building in area of water stress
Southern Water’s (SW) report of December 2019 states that ‘our area in the South East is in serious water stress’.
The report sets out its plan to provide us with water in the next five years which relies heavily on water restrictions such as metered supply at ‘affordable price’ and limiting supplies physically to 100 litres per person per day.
Visualise four drums of 25 litres. This is a planned reduction from about 130 litres currently or about five drums of 25 litres per person per day.
SW has clearly an impossible task as it does not know how many people it has to supply or where they could be living. It most certainly does not know how much rainfall there will be.
The report includes plans for increased amounts of recycled water which apparently is now at 17 per cent. There is mention of two planned desalination plants but surely they must be beneficial to those nearer the seawater.
It is frightening that HDC. is under pressure from Government and developers to plan for large numbers of new houses to be built in an