More rain please – weekend rain does little for dam levels

Some welcome rain – a shot taken yesterday (June 1) at Wairoa Dam in the Hunua ranges. Photo Watercare

Auckland may have had plenty of rain over the long weekend however it’s barely made a difference to dam levels heavily impacted by drought.

The latest drought status update from Watercare today shows 49.5mm of rain fell yesterday in the Hunua Ranges with 97.5mm recorded in the past seven days.

The dam levels were today at 44.5 per cent capacity, up from 43.32 per cent on Friday. The normal level for this time of year is 76.85 per cent.

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

Meanwhile water restrictions remain in place with the daily target for June set at 410 million litres or less. Yesterday’s consumption was 382m litres while the seven-day rolling average yesterday was 400m litres.

As to the weather, Watercare said the forecast yesterday pointed to isolated showers this week followed by longer dry spells.