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Water demand continues to cause concern

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High water use across the whole Western Bay District is continuing to put pressure on reservoir levels, prompting a reminder to the public to keep conserving water as much as possible.

Council’s water warning remains at high across all communitie­s, but restrictio­ns have been avoided to date.

Despite cooler days and a few showers giving some reprieve, Council’s Utilities Manager Kelvin Hill says dry conditions will continue over January and February – making the District vulnerable to water shortages and the possibilit­y of restrictio­ns.

“It doesn’t take much of a temperatur­e rise in any one day for water use to rise sharply – and even though we have had cloudy, cooler days and some rain – we are certainly not out of the woods.”

However Kelvin says the public has been great at responding to Council’s call for water conservati­on, resulting in reservoir levels being maintained with sufficient capacity to date.

“Thank you to everyone who is heeding our call – it really does make a difference. I urge people to keep their feet on the brake. We have another peak of holiday makers coming to the District this month - so January and February are crucial months for everyone to ease up on their water use so we can hopefully avoid bringing in restrictio­ns this summer.”

Reservoirs must maintain a constant 50 percent minimum water level to meet the daily demands for drinking water.

For more informatio­n on how to conserve water visit: westernbay.govt.nz and look for the Wai Wise button.

 ??  ?? Look for the Wai Wise logo on Council’s website for conservati­on informatio­n.
Look for the Wai Wise logo on Council’s website for conservati­on informatio­n.
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Keep an eye on water restrictio­n signs. PHOTOS: Supplied.

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