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Source: New Zealand Government Kainga Ora

A dire shortage of rain across Auckland has seen the area receive less than half its usual rainfall for this time of year, in its catchments in the Hunua and Waitakere ranges.

This has seen the total volume of water stored dropping below 50 percent for the first time in more than 25 years.

Watercare, which manages Auckland’s water network, is doing everything it can to preserve the water in its dams and is also working hard to fix all water leaks as quickly as possible.

However the need for everyone to conserve water is still needed.

Aucklanders need to cut back wherever possible. Watercare says it knows this is a big ask while everyone is already responding to significant COVID-19 challenges, but say the collective efforts of everyone to protect Auckland from the consequences of a severe drought are also really  important.

Specifically, Watercare have asked Aucklanders at work and home to please refrain from:

  • Washing fleet vehicles
  • Washing the outside of buildings or footpaths unless there is a health, safety or emergency need to do so
  • Watering lawns
  • Filling, topping up or operating water fountains or water features
  • Using a water blaster

Watercare hopes by taking these steps, water restrictions won’t be needed but if the drought doesn’t break soon, restrictions may be needed. Advance notice, with information on the restrictions, would be given.

Further information is available on the Watercare website https://www.watercare.co.nz/(external link)

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