Dunedin residents are being asked not to water their gardens
for three days, or at least put it off a few days, as the
city council grapples with a problem in its mains water
A break in the Deep Stream pipeline, one of two that provide
the city's main water supply, means the pipe be closed down
for a few days for repair.
However, it coincides with the closure of the other main
pipeline, the Deep Creek pipe, for a programmed upgrade of
its intake - which can happen only when river flows are low.
The result was both pipelines would be closed and the city
would draw water from the 370,000cu m Brockville reservoir in
Dunedin City Council water production manager Gerard McCombie
said the reservoir was well-stocked, but the last thing the
council needed now was spike in demand, and people were asked
to cut back on watering gardens so an adequate supply of
water was maintained.
The intake work should only take three days, but the leak
might take longer to fix, he said.
''For this reason, it would be appreciated if people could
reduce their water usage by either delaying or cutting back
on watering their gardens this week.''