Aucklanders urged to keep conserving water after Monday target missed

Aucklanders used 419 million litres of water in the past 24 hours, exceeding the daily target of 400 million - and the situation remains fragile.

Watercare says the target usage remains at 400 million litres a day, meaning all Aucklanders need to continue to save at least 20 litres of water per person, per day.

Ardmore Water Treatment Plant is still working at half its usual capacity as it deals with silt in the main catchment supply (Hunua dams).

Other water treatment plants at Waitakere, Huia and Onehunga are working harder than normal to keep Aucklanders supplied with A-grade quality water.

If consumption soars to last week’s levels of around 460 million litres a day, partially treated water will need to be released into the network and a boil water notice will be issued.

Ways you can save water

- Cut your shower time by two minutes. Approximate saving: 16 litres.
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Approximate saving: 4 litres.
- Only run your dishwasher when it’s full.
- Only run your washing machine when it’s full.
- Use the half-flush on your toilet. Approximate saving: 3 litres per flush.