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Aucklanders reduce water usage

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/03/2017

Aucklanders have managed to reduced their water usage, after being called on to make further cuts to their consumption.

But there's a long way yet to go, Watecare says.

As the city faces major water shortage, Watercare has asked residents to cut their consumption by 20 litres per day, or about two bucketfuls, for the rest of March.

Consumption was reduced from 415 million litres, to 382 on Sunday, below the 400 million that was asked.

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

"It's going to take many weeks for silt in the Hunua dams to settle. Until then, the region's largest water treatment plant, based in Ardmore, remains under pressure," it said.

"Water clarity at Ardmore is still 100 times worse than it should be."

The call came after the "off-the-chart" rainfall last week washed vast amounts of debris into Auckland's largest water treatment plant.

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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