Dam levels slowly on the rise says Watercare

The region’s dam levels are slowly edging upwards but are still way off normal capacity.

According to Watercare’s latest drought status update (as at Monday), the Hunua Ranges have had 76.5mm of rain in the past seven days and 2mm on Sunday. There was 39.5mm in the Waitakere Ranges for the past week and 6.5mm on Sunday.

Since the start of the drought in November 2019, the region has have received less than half the normal rainfall, Watercare said.

Nihotupu dam as seen by drone. Photo: Sky View Photography

Yesterday the dams were at 45.09 per cent capacity, up from 45.1 per cent on Sunday. Normal dam capacity for this time of year is 77.04 per cent.

As for water consumption – Auckland currently has mandatory water restrictions – the targert for June is 410 million litres or less a day. The seven-day rolling average on Sunday was 404m litres while Sunday’s consumption was 397m litres.