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Staged return to using river planned

Staged return to using river planned

After a thorough review of the Waikanae River today by Kapiti Coast District Council and Regional Public Health, the decision has been made to make a “staged return to the river”, the Council’s Group Manager Community Assets & Services, Rob Williams, said today.

“That means we will take about 20 per cent of our consumption requirement from the Waikanae River in the first instance and that the viability of the river as a potable water source will be reviewed each day before moving on to the next stage.

“This means the proportion of bore water to river water should gradually reduce.

“Currently the river flow is around 1000 litres/second and the tests show considerably lowered algae levels. The amount taken from the river will depend on flow rates and continuing drops in algae levels.

“The long term forecast is for some rain and that should assist with the staged return approach.”

A potential solution to the high calcium carbonate levels in the bore water is also being explored, Mr Williams said.

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