Jan. 24, 2020, 5:03 p.m.
Water tankers could be deployed to street corners in Kaitāia and Kaikohe within 8-10 weeks if an alternative water source isn’t secured and the hot and dry weather continues.
The Far North District is facing a potential water crisis never seen before. Water restrictions will be lifted from Level 3 to Level 4 next week, something that has never occurred in its history. This means water can only be used for drinking and personal hygiene.
General Manager for Infrastructure and Asset Management at the Far North District Council, Andy Finch, said that he is seriously concerned about the water deficit the district has from previous years and the dry weather that is being forecast.
“Effectively there is a good chance of very little rain between now and the end of July or maybe even longer,” said Mr. Flinch.
It is not only those that are connected to the town supply that should be worried. Residents who use rainwater tanks were also warned that the water they might rely on to fill their tanks if they run out, is drawn from the town supply. Water conservation is going to be vitally important for all households in the Far North, especially the towns of Kaitāia and Kaikohe.
Mr. Finch addressed community concerns regarding avocado orchards drawing from the Aupouri aquifer stating that they have a right to use the aquifer and that Northland Regional Council has completed an analysis and have said it is ok.
Residents are being asked to reduce their overall water use by 25% to delay the worst-case scenario of water tankers being in, to serve the community’s water needs.