Water storage in the Whakatāne and Ōhope water scheme dropped a little on Monday, as river water salinity around high tides restricted the operation of the treatment plant. The upriver emergency intake has now been commissioned and will supply water to the plant, but at a lower volume, while the salinity issues continue. With higher than usual spring tides due over the next week-and-a-half, no rain forecast and the river flow steadily reducing, people in both communities will need to keep conserving as much water as possible if we are to avoid the introduction of formal restrictions.

Usage in Whakatāne and Ōhope has been good – consistently less than 8000 cubic metres a day – so keep up the good work, it is really making a difference.