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City Prepares For Water Shortages


15 November 2012


City Prepares For Water Shortages

Palmerston North City Council has begun monitoring the water levels at the Turitea Dams as a result of forecasts from NIWA.

NIWA scientists have predicted a normal to dry summer for our region.

The Council owns and uses two dams for collecting and storing the City’s water supply. The water from the dams provides two thirds of the city’s water supply with additional water coming from four artesian bores located around the City.

Palmerston North residents use an average of 29,000 cubic metres of water every day which can climb to 49,000 cubic metres on a hot day.

City Council water asset engineer Dora Luo said the Council is now conserving water in the dams by drawing more water from local bores.

“We’re also encouraging residents to conserve water too,” Dora said. “By being careful now, residents can help delay or prevent water restrictions during the summer months. If your garden is dry, the City’s water levels probably are too.”

Small changes to residential water consumption can mean huge water savings. For example:
• Mulch plants during summer months
• Water established plants less often than newly planted gardens
• Water early in the morning or evening when it’s cooler
• Take short showers
• Fix leaky taps
• Only run your dishwasher or washing machine with a full load.
Dora says residents can also help the Council save water by contacting them on 356 8199 if they see water leaking from a hydrant, a toby (a main water shut-off valve) or anywhere else.

ENDS

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