River Recharge in use
Waikanae River continued to drop into the weekend and at 9am Saturday morning the river recharge scheme was started.
We have been using it since to top up the river so we can continue to supply treated river water to the Waikanae Paraparaumu and Raumati communities (the bore water is added below the treatment plant so it doesn’t enter supply).
This is the second time we’ve used the river Recharge Scheme.
Because we have introduced water meters, which have successfully reduced consumption, and built the River Recharge Scheme using our borefield, Kāpiti is in a good position to weather projected dry spells
We haven’t needed to impose water restrictions unlike many parts of the country.
If the dry spell continues, we have still have our bores as a backup. This gives us surety that many other parts of the country don’t have.
As a direct result of water metering, we took over a billion litres less water from the Waikanae River last year compared to past years.
Reducing consumption has meant we can defer capital spending on upgrading water infrastructure.
We’d like everyone to keep up the good work of conserving water. This is what makes a difference and reduces what we need to take from the river or borefield.
14 March 2016