Auckland’s mandatory water restrictions will ease, following an Auckland Council decision at its November 26 meeting.
From December 14, residents will be able to use hand-held hoses fitted with trigger nozzles, although they are still urged to use water wisely as the city’s water shortage continues.
Water restrictions have been in place since May.
Watercare and Council are spending $224 million to increase water supply, taking 25 million litres a day more from the Waikato River and expanding the Tūākau treatment plant.
A further 5m litres a day is coming from the new Pukekohe plant and 6–12m litres extra from the Hays Creek dam starting early January.
Mayor Phil Goff says more supply and water conservation should see the city through the summer, but if serious drought continues and demand increases radically, restrictions will be put back in place.