The Whakatāne/Ōhope water situation remains much the same and will probably stay that way till at least the end of next week. The river flow has dropped below 12 cubic metres/second, which means salinity is now a major issue either side of every high tide. As a result, our intake at the treatment plant is limited and we’re pumping water full-time from the upstream emergency intake, to keep up with demand.

Usage remains good at around 7000 cubic metres of water a day, but reservoir storage has dropped back to around 70% full, so that says we need to continue with our voluntary conservation measures for some time yet. The long-range forecast says we may get some showers in the early part of next week, with heavier rain later in the week. Fingers crossed that does arrive and that the river flow gets back to a level that will take salinity out of the picture.

In the meantime, thanks for your water conservation efforts thus far, and please keep the good work going until we come out the other side of this long dry spell.