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Auckland creeps towards water boil notice

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/03/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Aucklanders are still using too much water, and are slowly heading towards having to boil it.</span> © Corbis images Aucklanders are still using too much water, and are slowly heading towards having to boil it. Aucklanders are still using too much water, Watercare says.

The daily target of 400 million litres has been missed each day this week, with 415 million litres used on Wednesday.

On Tuesday it was 409 million litres, and 419 million on Monday.

If Auckland's consumption doesn't drop, untreated water will have to be released into the system and would have to be boiled by residents, authorities have warned.

But Watercare says it did seem Aucklanders were trying.

"While we missed the target yesterday, we are confident that Aucklanders are making a concerted effort to reduce their water use," Watercare chief executive officer Raveen Jaduram said.

"At this time of year, we would expect demand to be a lot higher,"

For example, on March 1, the city used 444 million litres.

Auckland's main water supply, Ardmore Water Treatment Plant, has been working at half its usual capacity since heavy rains caused flooding in the area last week and clogged it with debris.

Watercare has asked each resident to cut their use by 20 litres, or two bucketfuls, per day for the rest of March.

TIPS TO SAVE WATER:

* Cut your shower time by two minutes to save round 16L

* Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth to save round 4L

* Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when full

* Use the half-flush on your toilet.

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