Water use in the Queenstown Lakes district has decreased,
thanks mainly to the council's ongoing public awareness
campaign, but the challenge to cut peak demand remains and no
change in peak use has been reported.
Councillors were recently updated on the water demand
Cr Trevor Tattersfield asked infrastructure general manager
Erik Barnes to include how much had been spent on leak
detection and how much water had been saved in the next
Mayor Vanessa van Uden backed the suggestion.
''We've talked about leak detection for a long time ... and I
want to start seeing some water consumption reduced,'' she
Chief executive Adam Feeley said a reduction in water demand
would postpone the need for more infrastructure and that was
the real cost, although the figures were not available yet.
Cr Tattersfield questioned how it was possible to measure the
demands of the summer influx of visitors.
The report said the campaign and fine weather increased the
number of leaks reported to the council by 30%. There were
124 reported in January, up from 96 in December.
The report will also assess the effectiveness of the public
education campaign and report the latest results of leak
detection, confirm a study of leak repair options versus the
cost of new pipes and details on options for charging for