Rain brings some relief

Despite several days of rain, Watercare is urging Aucklanders to continue their efforts to save water.

While Auckland officially remains a drought zone, the rain has been very welcome but still leaves the region well below normal levels for this time of year.

Watercare on Friday confirmed the region’s dams in total are at 43.32 per cent capacity compared to 76.85 per cent which is normal for this time of year.

The Hunua Range on Thursday saw the dam there topped up by just 0.5mm and 0mm in the Waitakere Ranges. For the past seven days rainfall measured 49.5mm and 70.5mm respectively.

Watercare on Friday confirmed the region’s dams in total are at 43.32 per cent capacity compared to 76.85 per cent which is normal for this time of year. Pictured is Lower Huia Dam on May 21.

A Watercare spokesperson said the rain hadn’t made much difference at all to overall water storage. As at Friday, The dams have increased less than 1 per cent since last Monday.

Meanwhile, Watercare has reminded Aucklanders of the need to observe water restrictions and to save water wherever possible.

Thursday’s water consumption was 426 million litres while the seven-day rolling average was 415m litres. The target for May is 420m litres or less per day.

“We need all Aucklanders to do their bit and save water by cutting shower times and so forth.”