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Auckland water plant on the mend

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/03/2017

Water production at Auckland's largest water treatment plant is starting to recover, but residents still need to be wary and cut back on usage.

The Ardmore Water Treatment Plant had been working at half its usual capacity since heavy rains caused flooding in the area last week and clogged it with debris, prompting calls for water consumption.

Watercare now says the plant's production increased by 10 million litres per day since Wednesday and has moved from a "highly fragile" to "stable and sustainable".

However, Aucklanders still need to save 20 litres of water per person per day for the rest of March, Watercare cheif executive Raveen Jaduram said.

"While we have increased capacity, we are still producing significantly less water than normal. And we are still dealing with the effects of an "off the charts" rainfall event," he said.

Despite cutting back on use, Aucklanders have failed to achieve the daily savings target set by authorities every day so far this week.

Authorities had previously warned that if consumption didn't fall enough, untreated water would have to be let into the system, forcing Aucklanders to boil water from their taps.

But Mr Jaduram said good progress had been made and a boil notice now looked unlikely.

"While we missed the target we are confident that Aucklanders are making a concerted effort to reduce their water use," Mr Jaduram said.

"Now that our system is stable, it's unlikely that we will need to issue a boil water notice without applying mandatory restrictions."

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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