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Hamilton residents told to conserve water

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/02/2017

Hamilton residents have been told to conserve water urgently after one of the city's key water mains was damaged by a large riverbank slip.

Hamilton City Council says the conservation measures effectively mean implementing the highest water alert level as staff work to repair the Eastern Bulk Main.

It said there were no issues with water quality but supply levels could be reduced significantly because of the damage.

The Level 4 alert means no outdoor water usage is permitted, but residents are being asked to look at all water usage in their homes and businesses while the repair is being done.

The Eastern Bulk Main supplies around 27,000 homes and runs under the Waikato River from the city's water treatment plant opposite Hamilton Gardens.

A substantial section of the riverbank collapsed around the main and there is a significant water leak.

Until the pipe can be repaired, water will be supplied to the eastern side of the city via the Western Bulk Main and from water in reservoirs.

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