Auckland City Council and Watercare have warned Auckland residents today that if they don’t use considerably less water over the next month, they may be forced to continue providing them water.
“We’re asking Auckland residents to reduce their water consumption by about 20 litres a day,” said Mark Bourne, spokesman for Watercare. “If they don’t, they will likely continue to see water delivered to their homes as usual.”
Continued water supply would be of less quality, and some residents may be asked to boil their water before use, but it would “still be there” and return to normal “pretty swiftly.”
“Ultimately, you either use less water now, or you’ll use less water later when you actually have to, so it’ll all work out the same either way,” he said. “The only difference I guess is it’s a problem for you if you have to use less water now, and it becomes a problem for us if you don’t.
But for you nothing will change.”
Bourne said he couldn’t “just cut off” the water if Aucklanders used too much, so “Eh.”
For those who are confused about how to save exactly 20 litres of water a day, Watercare is suggesting that residents fill roughly two standard buckets of water from their tap, put them aside, and don’t use them.