City water supply users are asked to conserve water as an essential upgrade to the Waingake water treatment plant is carried out.
The water treatment plant has been turned off until 30 June to enable the replacement of the electrical automation system.
“This is essentially the ‘brain’ of the treatment plant and the upgrade is needed to ensure resilience for Gisborne’s treated water supply,” says Judith Robertson, team leader for drinking water.
While the upgrade is carried out, water will be supplied to the city and Manutuke from the Waipaoa water treatment plant.
“The need to reduce water use during the upgrade work is extremely important as the Waipaoa treatment plant has limited treatment capacity.
The city reservoirs will be full prior to the work beginning, however, these levels will deplete rapidly if the rate of demand is more than the Waipaoa plant can produce each day.”
The city reserviors are Hospital Hill North, Hospital Hill South and Knob Hill.
Although the need for water conservation usually decreases over winter, water supply during this time will be much less than what's normally available when the Waingake treatment plant is operating.
“We’re asking all residents, industry, businesses and schools to help by limiting water use as much as possible so we can ensure there's enough clean and safe water for everyone.
“It’s important that everyone who's connected to the council water supply is careful with water usage and avoids wastage,” Ms Robertson says.
This means limiting use of high-pressure hoses, water blasting, car washing and reduced indoor use wherever possible.
“We need a joint effort from our community during this short period of time while essential works are done.”
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