Watercare has been maximising production at their Waikato and Onehunga water treatment plants and have been delivering up to 170 million litres of water a day. Without these vital plants, Auckland would be out of water by now.
Watercare have been expanding the Waikato Water Treatment Plant step-by-step to stay ahead of population growth. When it was first built in 2002, it produced 50 million litres of water a day. Since then, there have been five upgrades so that it can now produce 150 million litres a day.
Work is currently being done to return two former water sources – Hayes Creek Dam in Papakura and a bore in Pukekohe – to supply.
These initiatives will increase the volume of water available to Auckland next summer. But they will not overcome the need for rainfall. That’s because the water supply is stressed because of a drought, not a lack of infrastructure.