Recreational facilities that recyle water, including the Splash Pad at Stanmore Bay Pool & Leisure Centre, have recently been turned on for summer to keep everyone cool and entertain the children.
Although water restrictions introduced in May during Auckland’s drought eased this week, residents and businesses are still asked to be conservative with their water use over summer.
Auckland Council says its decision to open the Splash Pads at all its leisure centres was based on the fact that they recycle a high percentage of water, the leisure centres have made significant water savings in the last nine months, and Splash Pads are very popular with the community.
Meanwhile Auckland Council is leaving its purely decorative water features turned off, unless they use recycled water.
Watercare advises that there are no restrictions covering fountains at the moment, but Council is choosing to keep them off unless they use recycled water.
This means that Orewa’s new ‘Airborne’ sculpture will remain dry for now. Council says it has no date in mind for turning it on at present, but will review this when it gets more information from Watercare. The original hope was to use recycled water for the Orewa sculpture, but the design meant that a mist effect worked better, although this water cannot be recycled.
Water dos and don’ts
From December 14, water restrictions in Auckland for households and busineses have eased. People can water their gardens, top up pools, flush boat motors and wash their homes and cars – but only using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle. Home water blasters with trigger nozzles can also be used but sprinklers and residential irrigation systems are still not permitted.
Businesses such as house cleaners and car washers can also go back to using potable water, although non-potable water is still an option for those who wish to continue using it.