Holiday makers help push water use over limit

By Lawrence Gullery


Waimarama's holiday population is swelling, contributing to its first water use limit breach of the 2012/13 summer season.

The beach community's daily water use topped at 533,810 litres on January 2, when the Hastings District Council's set limit was 425,000 litres.

People had also used more water than the council's limit on December 29 and 31, 2012, and on January 1 and 2.

The council initiated a total watering ban for Waimarama properties in December to reduce the strain on its two reservoirs, which despite the limit breaches, still had enough to meet the minimum required for fire fighting.

The whole of the Hastings district was also in a fire ban. Hastings district councillor Mick Lester, who was helping to compile public feedback for a community plan for Waimarama, said providing enough water for the village was a problem every summer.

"It is one of the major issues we are facing in terms of writing the community plan for Waimarama and how we are going to sort that out.

"Waimarama doesn't have any water piped in from Hastings, it has water reservoirs. But any new subdivisions or houses going in are now unable to connect to that water supply, they have to provide their own supply, their own form of water storage."

Mr Lester said a home owned by Peter Beaven and Christine Thomas was the first built at Waimarama with its own water supply. "That's the most recent example I know of, and Peter spoke about how it was done at one of the meetings we had to discuss the community plan," he said.

Water use for the past month in other parts of Hastings district varied. Hastings city used slightly more than 51 million litres of water on January 2 but its highest figure for the past month was recorded on December 10, 2012, about 56 million litres.

In Te Awanga, people used 1.9 million litres of water on January 2 and its highest water use in the past month was recorded on December 17, about 2.3 million litres.

In Clive, the daily water use on January 2 was 781,034 litres of water and the town's figures peaked on December 22, 2012, recording slightly more than 800,000 litres of water.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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