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Auckland water saving ends

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/04/2017

An anti-fluoride lobby group has lost its bid in the High Court to have fluoride in drinking water supplies declared a medicine. © Corbis images An anti-fluoride lobby group has lost its bid in the High Court to have fluoride in drinking water supplies declared a medicine. Aucklanders no longer have to aim to save 20 litres of water each per day, the city's water provider says.

Watercare has officially ended its water-use-reduction campaign, and says it is confident it'll be able to meet Auckland's water demand for the year.

Since flooding in March it has been asking residents to use a total of fewer than 400 million litres per day or less.

Watercare had since been gradually increasing the capacity of its Ardmore plant over the past few weeks, spokesman Mark Bourne said.

"Our team was working around the clock to run the plant manually in order to stabilise production... Since March 15, we have been slowly increasing the capacity of our Ardmore plant to 230 million litres per day," Mr Bourne said.

The five plants from Pukekohe to Waiwera can now produce 500 million litres of water per day.

The city's water shortage started when run-off from "off-the-charts" 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.

"We are confident that this is enough to meet Auckland's normal water demand for this time of year," he said.

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