Wellingtonians are being urged to save water as the region
enters a critical period for water supply.
Rivers that supply the capital with water are showing the
effects of an unusually dry spring, said Nigel Wilson, Chair
of the Greater Wellington Regional Council's Social and
Cultural Wellbeing Committee.
"Flows in the Hutt River were only 82 per cent of the river's
December average in spite of good rainfall over the past
month. Plus we're heading into what is typically the hottest,
driest time of the year - this usually coincides with high
water use, mainly due to garden watering."
Cr Wilson said current conditions, combined with the fact
that the city's supply of stored water is halved while one of
the Te Marua storage lakes is empty for
earthquake-strengthening and enlarging, mean everybody should
be careful with water in January.
"The good news - people can easily make changes to water use
habits. Target garden watering to only water your plants'
roots and only do full loads in your washing machine and
"Simple actions like these make a big difference and can help
us avoid tough water restrictions."