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Brooklyn residents asked to conserve water


8 February 2019


The Wellington suburb Brooklyn has seen an increase in water demand which is putting significant pressure on drinking-water supply to that area.

Group Manager, Network and Customer Operations, Jeremy McKibbin said “during the past week we have seen a significant increase in water demand in Brooklyn which we have been monitoring carefully, and this morning we identified a pattern of unusually high demand.”

“The increase in water use is due to a number of factors including soaring summer demand and a suspected increase in leaks.”

“We have prioritised leak identification and repairs and have extra crews on the ground in Brooklyn. However, we need residents to reduce their water usage for at least the next ten days while reservoir levels replenish and we able to repair known leaks,” said Mr McKibbin.

There are two reservoirs in Brooklyn, which provide water to around 20,000 residents. These reservoirs have a combined capacity of 5000 cubic litres and hold enough water for a 24 hour period.

We encourage residents to fix any leaks they find at home and to call the Council to report any leaks they see in their community.

Things you can do to reduce your water use:
• Put off watering your garden.
• Do not wash your car, avoid water blasting.
• Only use your washing machine and dishwasher when they are full.
• Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth and washing your hands.
• Reduce your shower time.
• Use the single flush button on your toilet (or apply the ‘if it’s yellow let it mellow’ rule).

Across the region we’ve see an increase in demand. We encourage all customers to be mindful of their water use.

For more information on how to conserve water use at home visit www.wellingtonwater.co.nz

ENDS

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