A 10th dam, Hays Creek Dam, will be reconnected to the network in December 2020. It spans 25.1 hectares, has a capacity of 1.76 gigalitres and is the smallest dam in the Waitākere Ranges. Location: Headwaters of the Hūnua River. Each dam is named after the stream that feeds into its reservoir. Today the dams are 56.5 per cent full, up from 56.08 per cent yesterday. This is normal and to be expected when rainfall is normal. Watercare site 20/09/2020 11:01:28 AM. Rules changed on … Watercare says the much-needed rain means the dams are now 51.3 per cent full - the highest level since April 8. Google+. A large proportion of Auckland’s drinking water comes from nine dams in Auckland’s Hūnua and Waitākere ranges. Outgoing Watercare chief executive Raveen Jaduram said the authority had set a goal of getting the region's dam levels to 75 percent full by the end of October. Watercare Water Supply Update: 9 December December 9, 2020 Politics , PressRelease , Supercity Comments Off on Watercare Water Supply Update: 9 December Press Release – Watercare However, the dam will spill and excess water flows downstream through a spillway as the dam reaches full supply level. Completed in 1977, it has a lake area of 185 hectares and capacity of 35.3 gigalitres. Watercare's dam levels were presently sitting at about 45 per cent, compared with the typical level of 78 per cent for this time of year. Auckland dam’s levels … It has also been granted consent to use 25 million litres a day shared by the Hamilton City Council. This water is then discharged to a downstream water course. Why has water been spilling from Waitākere Dam? Watercare says the much-needed rain means the dams are now 51.3 per cent full - the highest level since April 8. At a council meeting on Thursday morning, Watercare said the city is experiencing its worst drought ever, despite recent downpours. In order to reduce the amount of spillage, our team has been maximising production from Waitākere Dam. Be waterwise this summer, Godwits return to Watercare Coastal Walkway, Green light for Pukekohe Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades, Having trouble logging in? Pinterest. As Auckland suffers its worst drought in 27 years, many of the city's self-service car washes are doing a roaring trade. Watercare chief executive Raveen Jaduram says Auckland’s H?nua dams, which provide 80 per cent of our water storage, are still severely depleted after a record-breaking dry period. Watercare Products LMDPE / HDPE Tanks Polyethylene (PE) is used in lots of custom storage applications from chemical-resistant tanks and lining, to plating barrels and tanks. The water stored for hydro-electric power passes through a dam to generate power. The "normal demand management" curve 1991- end of 1993 shows the typical oscillation of dam storage levels from full to 75% of full. Lake area: 185 hectares 1 month ago. Auckland's dam levels. For most of 2019/20, the storage levels in our H ū nua and Wait ā kere supply lakes were significantly lower than normal due to a severe shortage of rainfall. This prompted Watercare to introduce restrictions that could result in fines of up to $20,000 if not adhered to. Rules changed on … Auckland's total dam storage would normally be at about 78 percent for this time of year. There were low water levels in the creek leading into Upper Nihotupu Dam earlier this year in April. It's been raining, so why aren't all our dams full? Recently, it reached 100 per cent capacity and was spilling. An application Watercare lodged in May for an additional 100 MLD has now been granted by Waikato Regional Council. Copyright © 2020 Watercare. 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Dam water comes from catchments high in the ranges. While recent rain has helped replenish our dams, much more is needed. If Watercare engineers had not released water and the dam topped there would have been grave consequences for the dam structure and downstream. Press Release – Watercare Services. A Watercare spokeswoman said Auckland's dam storage levels went up about 5 per cent in the last week – from 66 per cent to just over 71 per cent full today. Waitakere Ranges for a seven day total of 38mm. Watercare site 8/06/2020 3:54:44 AM. Streams and tributaries feed water to fill the reservoirs created by these dams. 4 earth dams (the fifth, Hays Creek Dam, is not currently connected to the metropolitan supply network), Supply: About 60 per cent of Auckland’s water. During the summer of 2020/2021 Hays Creek Dam will be reconnected to the metropolitan water supply, Learn more about the size and capacity of each of our dams, Download our poster and find out how much water Auckland uses on a daily basis. Watercare site 19/06/2020 2:13:17 AM. Dam levels have barely budged despite stormy weather over the weekend (file photo). I didn't. Capturing water during heavy rainfall minimises the likelihood and impact of downstream flooding. Staff - July 8, 2020. It was supplying only a fraction of Auckland's drinking water and was expensive to run. Capacity: 4.6 gigalitres, Completed: 1929 Pour yourself half a glass of your favourite non-alcoholic drink – not a drop more - and take a sip after reading each sentence. Clayton said … Capacity: 2.2 gigalitres, Completed: 1948 Watercare said this week’s rain has seen the city’s dam levels increase from just under 45 per cent to over 47 per cent on Thursday. 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According to Watercare’s latest drought status update (as at Monday), the Hunua Ranges have had 76.5mm of rain in the past seven days and 2mm on Sunday. Hays Creek Dam is tiny compared to our biggest dams Mangatangi and Upper Mangatawhiri. A 10th dam, Hays Creek Dam in Papakura, will be reconnected to the network in summer 2020/21. Another day, another dry dam, same message - please save water. Watercare head of servicing and consents Mark Bourne, who is leading the organisation’s drought response, says the increase in consumption is largely due to people using a lot more water outdoors. "Over the winter Aucklanders saved seven billion litres of water ... that's a colossal amount of water." Auckland water lake dam levels updated in real time and presented on a single dashboard using Watercare's data. How much water do the Hūnua dams provide? 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Auckland Council on Thursday grilled its own water company, Watercare, over the management of the region’s water shortage. Sediment settles on the lakebed, and the level of bacteria drops. In July last year the same lake was 52 percent full. Watercare said this week’s rain has seen the city’s dam levels increase from just under 45 per cent to over 47 per cent on Thursday. The dams are notoriously difficult to get to, the risk of mudslides is high and ventilation is poor. Watercare's live water usage tracker monitors usage over a week and with the needle on the edge of the red zone, ... Dam levels were just over 70 percent full as of this morning, lower than they are typically this time of year. Mangatawhiri Dam was completed in 1965. Watercare are building a new water treatment plant and bringing two bores back into use to provide extra water and help with Auckland's drought. 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Dams are now at 44.9 per cent capacity compared to 44.5 per cent yesterday. Have a 'Get Ready Get Thru' plan, with an emergency plan and kit. The Auckland region is still feeling the effects of a severe drought which took hold in 2019 and saw our total water storage (all our dams combined) drop to the mid-40 per cent mark. Watercare operates 12 water supply lakes, five of them located northwest of Auckland in the Waitākere Ranges, two near Helensville, four to the southeast in the Hūnua Ranges, and one east of Papakura. WhatsApp. Auckland Council has today been grilling its own water company, Watercare, over the management of the region's water shortage. Auckland's water-use jumped more than 30 million litres a day after water restrictions eased, prompting calls for locals to ease up on their outdoor water-use. Watercare site 19/06/2020 2:13:17 AM. Fact file. A 10th dam, Hays Creek Dam in Papakura, will be reconnected to the network in summer 2020/21. Water from our reservoirs flows to a water treatment plant, is treated to ensure it is safe to drink, and then carried to consumers. Dam levels increase 98% 62% 77% 4 September to December Water misuse reports: 2988 Repeat offenders: 2 We take an education-first approach when we contact customers who have been reported to us for a possible breach of the water restrictions. And we’re expanding the Waikato Water Treatment Plant. At a council meeting this morning, Watercare said the city is experiencing its worst drought ever, despite recent downpours. Mangatangi Dam in the Hunua Ranges, pictured in July. Watercare Mining has extensive experience in the management of dam level control and dam cleaning. At a council meeting on Thursday morning, Watercare said the city is experiencing its worst drought ever, despite recent downpours. How much water do the Waitākere dams provide? Yesterday’s rainfall in Auckland was welcomed at Watercare but the resulting lift in total dam storage was just shy of 1 per cent. Watercare already has consents to take 175 million litres a day from the river, which is the maximum amount the existing water treatment plant can treat and deliver. With the river currently above median flow, Watercare already has consents to take 175 million litres a day (MLD) from the river, which is the maximum its Waikato Water Treatment Plant in Tuakau can currently treat and deliver. That’s a bird's-eye view of Lower Nihotupu Dam in the Waitākere Ranges. The water from this dam is piped to the Ardmore Water Treatment Plant. Adults: NZ$15.00: So it was not a miscalculation, but a valid precaution which in hindsight was not needed. What is the difference between water storage dams and hydro-electric dams? The water comes from protected catchments that are mostly native bush, high up in the ranges. Our dams in the Hūnuas aren't full because Auckland is still making up for a long-term lack of rainfall. The same issue applies to hydropower dams, especially on the Waikato river. Get a town to tank water connection. Occasionally there are extensive storms that do not pass over the part of the catchment above the dam. Photo Watercare . We are bringing a former water storage dam and bore back into service, and expanding the Waikato Water Treatment Plant. “Our total dam storage level is currently 58.5 per cent, whereas normally at this time of year we’d be in a comfortable position at more than 80 per cent full. To make sure our dams do not adversely affect the downstream environment, we release a small flow of water from each dam to maintain flora and fauna habitats. Auckland's dam levels. 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