Keep up the good water work

Salinity issues continue to affect the Whakatane and Ohope town water supply, with no reprieve in the near future.

Whakatane Council says the Whakatāne River flow rate has dropped below 12 cubic metres/second, which means salinity is now a major issue either side of every high tide.

As a result, our intake at the treatment plant is limited and Council says they’re pumping water full-time from the upstream emergency intake, to keep up with demand.

Public affairs manager Ross Boreham says usage remains good at around 7000 cubic metres of water a day, but reservoir storage has dropped back to around 70% full, so that says we need to continue with our voluntary conservation measures for some time yet.

Whakatane Council is thanking residents for their water conservation efforts thus far, and to keep the good work going.

Sam Gardner