‘A billion litres of water saved because of water metering,’ says KCDC
The Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) claims that it’s saved over a billion litres of water because of water metering in the District.
But in its latest media update, the Council says the Waikanae river recharge scheme has had to be brought into use again since last Saturday because of the continuing drought.
The KCDC says: ‘The 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).’
Second time scheme use
The Council says this is the second time it’s used the unique River Recharge Schem.
It adds: ‘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.’
And the KC DC says that if the dry spell continues, it will still have the bores as a backup.
‘This gives us surety that many other parts of the country don’t have,’ it says.
As a direct result of water metering, the Council says, ‘we took over a billion litres less water from the Waikanae River last year compared to past years.’
Reducing consumption has meant the Kapiti Council can defer capital spending on upgrading water infrastructure, it says.
The KCDC concludes with this appeal to the public: ‘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 the borefield.’