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Water savings needed in Hamilton

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/03/2017

Hamilton City Council is considering shutting down one of its two bulk water mains because of rising river levels.

The council says it's monitoring its eastern bulk water main which supplies about 27,000 homes and runs under the Waikato River from the city's water treatment plant opposite Hamilton Gardens.

The water main may have to be shut down as a precautionary measure due to rising river levels.

Manager Maire Porter says residents can assist by conserving water for at least the next three days.

"Conserving all non-essential water is the best way for us to be able to manage supplying the whole city through one bulk water main if we need to," Mrs Porter says.

A substantial section of the riverbank collapsed around the bulk main in early February. If the council shuts it down it will ensure all water is safe and will minimise any impact on the wider community.

"If a planned isolation was implemented today, we believe the impact on the city's supply overnight would likely be similar to the events of 3 February, when we had some pressure loss issues but no loss of service for households," Mrs Porter says.

Aucklanders are also being asked to conserve water because a treatment plant is struggling to treat silt-laden water after heavy rain.

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