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Auckland meeting water targets

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/03/2017

Auckland residents are responding to a call to save water after the city met its water saving target for three days in a row.

City supplier Watercare has been urging residents to use 20L less per day in a bid to reduce Auckland's total usage to 400 million litres per day or less.

On Monday, residents bettered the mark for the third day in a row, using a total of 396 million litres.

Watercare applauded Auckland Airport for leading the way after it saved more than three million litres of water since a shortage hit the city.

"We've reduced usage by close to 3.2 million litres since the call for voluntary conservation was issued," the airport's general manager aeronautical operations Judy Nicholl says.

"That's the equivalent of 160 litres per person employed in the area."

Auckland's water shortage started when run-off from heavy rain and floods between March 7 and 12 had already clogged the plant with silt and reduced it to running at half its normal capacity.

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