Water use on the rise
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.