Wa­ter use on the rise

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Coun­cil’s wa­ter ser­vices man­ager Tony Hale said wa­ter usage in Waipa¯ is on the rise, and fur­ther re­stric­tions may be nec­es­sary if we don’t cut back.

Usage in the dis­trict has in­creased by 7 per cent in the past week as peo­ple re­turn from their sum­mer hol­i­days.

Te Awa­mutu and Piron­gia’s usage con­tin­ues to be of con­cern as the warm weather im­pacts the avail­abil­ity of wa­ter from the Man­gauika Stream.

Cam­bridge and Puk­er­imu (which sup­plies O¯ haupo¯ and Kaipaki) have seen the largest in­creases in wa­ter usage. While the ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity at the Kara¯piro Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant was keep­ing up with Cam­bridge’s de­mand for now, Tony en­cour­aged peo­ple in those ar­eas to con­sider how they could cut down their wa­ter usage.

“Over­all it’s good to see the com­mu­nity mak­ing an ef­fort to keep their wa­ter usage down. But with the warm weather set to con­tinue, we need to con­tinue to be mind­ful of our wa­ter usage to en­sure fur­ther re­stric­tions are not nec­es­sary” he says.

“Small changes like us­ing your sprin­kler in the evening when the sun is down and wa­ter­ing your gar­den by hand can make a huge dif­fer­ence.”

Te Awa­mutu and Piron­gia re­main on Wa­ter Alert Level 1. Other parts of the dis­trict re­main with­out re­stric­tions — for now.

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