Water warning from council

by Andy Bryenton

Water restrictions are not in place, but ahead of what is forecast to be a long and dry summer, the Kaipara District Council has issued a call for conservation.

In an advisory message disseminated via social media, the council advise:

“Think before you turn on the tap this spring/summer. Start being water conscious now, and it may save us later from a stronger restriction.”

It has also been revealed that during the last week of November, levels of water stored at the Dargaville water treatment reservoir reached critical levels. However, with the Rotu-based pumping station in the town’s hinterland now fully operational — the storage facility is filling adequately.

“There are no water restrictions at this stage, but the council is continuing to monitor our supplies closely. We have had lower rainfall than usual for this time of year, so residents and businesses are asked to conserve water now.”

NIWA, New Zealand’s institute for weather science, predicts higher than normal air pressure over the north this summer, and hotter than average temperatures to match. Persistent westerly winds during December and January will also have a drying effect, so the call to conserve water is a timely one.

A simple first step is to check all water-based appliances such as dishwashers, hot water heaters, toilets and taps for leaks, as those drips add up.

A call to the plumbers or a simple washer could save litres of water during the course of a month, reducing the strain on infrastructure.