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Aucklanders not saving enough water

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/03/2017

After managing to reduced water usage on the weekend, Aucklanders' consumption has gone back up above levels needed to avoid a boil water notice.

Watercare has asked each resident to cut their use by 20 litres, or two bucketfuls, per day for the rest of March following flooding that sent debris and mud into the area's major water treatment plant last week, slowing its output.

Authorities warn that if use doesn't drop enough, the untreated water will have to be released into the system and would have to be boiled by residents.

Consumption dropped from the average 415 million litres, to 382 on Sunday, below the 400 million that was asked - but climbed back to 419 million on Monday, according to Watercare.

With better weather expected this week, residents are also being asked to not water their gardens or wash cars.

It would be some time before consumption could return to normal and residents had to keep going, Watercare said.

Auckland Council has switched off fountains and irrigation systems in parks.

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.

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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