Keep saving, even if it’s raining
Keep saving, even if it’s
Rain across the region doesn’t mean we
are out of the woods yet regarding water savings, says Fran
Wilde, Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
“The good news is that huge savings are being made and
it’s been raining.
“The catchments have received more
rain than was forecast which is good, but because the rivers
are too dirty to treat we have had to dip into the aquifer
and our emergency storage.
“The other good news is that
the rain means we now expect that it will take longer (about
5 to 7 days) for rivers to return to pre-rain levels. This
means we can re-fill the storage lake and still have enough
to meet demand.
Chair Wilde says Wellingtonians deserve a
huge vote of thanks for the effort they put into saving
water and is encouraging the savings to continue.
Sunday demand dropped significantly and yesterday overall
use was reduced to 113 ML – the second lowest demand since
records began in 1997,” she said.
“However, we need
those conservation efforts to remain for the foreseeable
future. The rain is predicted to ease off soon and there
will be another spell of dry weather, so we need to use the
current rain to replenish the storage lake. Every litre
saved now will help if we do go into drought conditions
The outdoor water use ban and water conservation
steps by households and businesses in Wellington, Lower
Hutt, Porirua and Upper Hutt over the weekend saw a
reduction in demand from 145 million litres (ML) last
Wednesday, to 125 ML on Sunday. On Monday the demand reduced
to 113ML as people went back to work.
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