The Auckland region is still feeling the effects of a severe drought which took hold in 2019 and saw our total water storage (all our dams combined) drop to the mid-40 per cent mark. Twitter. We have to remember, the historical average for this time of year is 79.8 percent – and we’re still a long way from there.” With the river currently above median flow, Watercare already has consents to take 175 million litres a day (MLD) from the river, which is the maximum its Waikato Water Treatment Plant in Tuakau can currently treat and deliver. After World War II they were built with earth and rock. Its size along with the fact it has received more rainfall than other catchment areas are key factors in causing it to spill. Our dams in the Hūnua Ranges are our biggest - combined they cover 534 hectares and provide 60 per cent of Auckland’s water. Fares. 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Our dams in the Waitākere … Press Release – Watercare Services. There was 39.5mm in the Waitakere Ranges for the past week and 6.5mm on Sunday. Capturing water during heavy rainfall minimises the likelihood and impact of downstream flooding. Lake area: 128.5 hectares Some of our dams have extensive areas below them which contribute to the total stream or river flows. In order to reduce the amount of spillage, our team has been maximising production from Waitākere Dam. Data is not available at the moment. When the dams do reach capacity, they are designed to spill into an engineered spillway. Hunua 11.5mm Waitakere 14.5mm Water sources: past 7 days Waikato River provided 34.8% Onehunga Aquifer provided 4.3% Dams provided 61% Hickey Springs Bore, Pukekohe Deliver 5 MLD* by August 2020 Waikato expansion, Tuakau Deliver 25 by August 2020 Hays Creek, … Auckland Council on Thursday grilled its own water company, Watercare, over the management of the region’s water shortage. It spans 25.1 hectares, has a capacity of 1.76 gigalitres and is the smallest dam in the Waitākere Ranges. Auckland's Dam Levels. As Auckland suffers its worst drought in 27 years, many of the city's self-service car washes are doing a roaring trade. Be waterwise this summer, Godwits return to Watercare Coastal Walkway, Green light for Pukekohe Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades, Having trouble logging in? Yesterday’s rainfall in Auckland was welcomed at Watercare but the resulting lift in total dam storage was just shy of 1 per cent. Almost all of Auckland’s water comes from dams (manmade water storage lakes) in the Hunua and Waitakere ranges. To make sure our dams do not adversely affect the downstream environment, we release a small flow of water from each dam to maintain flora and fauna habitats. “Our total dam storage level is currently 58.5 per cent, whereas normally at this time of year we’d be in a comfortable position at more than 80 per cent full. Watercare Water Supply Update: 9 December December 9, 2020 Politics , PressRelease , Supercity Comments Off on Watercare Water Supply Update: 9 December Press Release – Watercare There were low water levels in the creek leading into Upper Nihotupu Dam earlier this year in April. Rules changed on … Each dam is named after the stream that feeds into its reservoir. Watercare chief executive Raveen Jaduram says Auckland’s H?nua dams, which provide 80 per cent of our water storage, are still severely depleted after a record-breaking dry period. Our Hunua dams make up 60 per cent of Auckland’s water. We operate the valves periodically to ensure they work correctly, for environmental purposes and to meet resource consent requirements. Our dams in the Hūnua Ranges are by far the largest. Recently, it reached 100 per cent capacity and was spilling. Our dams in the Waitākere Ranges cover 162 hectares and normally provide 20 per cent of Auckand's water supply. This dam was taken out of service several years ago. Watercare Products Pte. 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The region’s dam levels are slowly edging upwards but are still way off normal capacity. Cosseys Dam is on the headwater of the Wairoa River. "Over the winter Aucklanders saved seven billion litres of water ... that's a colossal amount of water." The Hūnua and Waitākere ranges receive about 1.8 metres of rain annually – about 50 per cent more than central Auckland. Auckland water lake dam levels updated in real time and presented on a single dashboard using Watercare's data. “It’s good to see the dam levels moving in the right direction, but it would be premature to celebrate now. On Watercare’s side, we’re working to bring two former water sources – a dam in Papakura and a bore in Pukekohe – back into service. Auckland's dam levels. It's been raining, so why aren't all our dams full? Lake area: 123 hectares Watercare head of servicing and consents Mark Bourne, who is leading the organisation’s drought response, says the increase in consumption is largely due to people using a lot more water outdoors. Take a virtual tour of two of our dams by pressing play on the latest videos. All rights reserved. If you live downstream of or near to a dam, here are some tips: Keep informed on weather reports, and on weather warnings. When water is stored in a lake, the quality improves. It has a lake area of 128.5 hectares and capacity of 16.2 gigalitres. Please find below the latest water supply status update: 25 November. Watercare dam technician Gareth Whittington releases native whitebait and juvenile eels into Lower Nihotupu Dam “We also maintain turbidity meters to measure the ‘dirtiness’ of the water being piped to the water treatment plants – which gives an idea of how much suspended solids are … The average for this time of year is 78 per cent. When we stop at the end of the line you have the opportunity to walk up the steps and onto the top of the dam. The Detail’s Jessie Chiang went to the Lower Nihotupu Dam in the Waitakere Ranges with Watercare’s environmental assets manager Joseph Challoner-Warman. Watercare says the much-needed rain means the dams are now 51.3 per cent full - the highest level since April 8. Please view product details of Series DAM/DBM LMDPE Liquid Storage Tank here or call us at 6352 9513 for quotation. We are bringing a former water storage dam and bore back into service, and expanding the Waikato Water Treatment Plant. PKS Test, August 2020. Our dams in the Hūnuas aren't full because Auckland is still making up for a long-term lack of rainfall. Watercare said this week’s rain has seen the city’s dam levels increase from just under 45 per cent to over 47 per cent on Thursday. We must say, it’s looking healthy at 87 per cent full, but with a storage capacity of 4.6 gigalitres it’s just a drop in the bucket compared to our bigger Hūnua dams. “We are delighted to see significant rain has fallen overnight in our western catchment–and now total dam storage is at 51.3 per cent. Auckland dam’s levels … When you visit our dams, you’ll see first-hand how they vary in size and capacity. Watercare's website shows that the water level in the dam in the week ending May 3 was just 30 per cent of capacity, the second-lowest of Auckland's 10 water supply dams. On Monday, Watercare spokeswoman Maxine Clayton said the city's dam levels were up 1 per cent to 46.5 per cent after Sunday's wet weather. When we Location: Headwaters of the Hūnua River. A Watercare spokeswoman said Auckland's dam storage levels went up about 5 per cent in the last week – from 66 per cent to just over 71 per cent full today. Each has an important role to play in providing Auckland with Aa-graded drinking water on a daily basis. Streams and tributaries feed water to fill the reservoirs created by these dams. Jaduram wouldn't confirm whether restrictions would be eased, but said discussions with Watercare's board were underway. In combination the reservoirs are capable of storing over 100 million cubic metres of water. There is another side to such stories. WhatsApp. Auckland's water-use jumped more than 30 million litres a day after water restrictions eased, prompting calls for locals to ease up on their outdoor water-use. Supply: about 20 per cent of Auckland's water. Capacity: 4.6 gigalitres, Completed: 1929 In comparison, our dams in the Waitākere Ranges fill up quicker as they are much smaller in size/capacity, covering 162 hectares and providing 20 per cent of Auckand's water. Facebook. Our dams do not have release gates. Auckland's total dam storage would normally be at about 78 percent for this time of year. When this happens, the volume of water spilling reflects the volume of natural rain falling at that time. Our dams are slowly but surely filling up but are still way off water levels for this time of year. Watercare has set a consumption target of 409 million litres or fewer a day for the month of July. Earlier dams in the Waitākeres were made of concrete. Watercare chief executive Raveen Jaduram says that over the past week, the city’s water storage level has risen from 45 percent to 55 percent. Auckland dam's levels are sitting at 47 percent full today. The dams supply about 80 per cent of Auckland’s water. Watercare site 20/09/2020 11:01:28 AM. In July last year the same lake was 52 percent full. Mangatangi is our largest dam. Watercare Mining has extensive experience in the management of dam level control and dam cleaning. How much water do the Waitākere dams provide? A Watercare spokeswoman said Auckland's dam storage levels went up about 5 per cent in the last week – from 66 per cent to just over 71 per cent full today. This water is then discharged to a downstream water course. For most of 2019/20, the storage levels in our H ū nua and Wait ā kere supply lakes were significantly lower than normal due to a severe shortage of rainfall. Watercare's website shows that the water level in the dam in the week ending May 3 was just 30 per cent of capacity, the second-lowest of Auckland's 10 … This Watercare graph shows how the storage levels changed 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994. The dams only capture water from the upper parts of the catchments. Total Storage-01-How full are the dams? The dams are notoriously difficult to get to, the risk of mudslides is high and ventilation is poor. A 10th dam, Hays Creek Dam in Papakura, will be reconnected to the network in summer 2020/21. If Watercare engineers had not released water and the dam topped there would have been grave consequences for the dam structure and downstream. Watercare site 19/06/2020 2:13:17 AM. Check the current water storage for dams in the Waitakere and Hunua ranges. Photo: Supplied / Watercare The city is in the midst of a prolonged drought, with water storage dams well below their usual levels for this time of year and water restrictions in place. Lake area: 50.3 hectares Interestingly, unlike our other catchment areas, it is not a protected catchment. According to Watercare’s latest drought status update (as at Monday), the Hunua Ranges have had 76.5mm of rain in the past seven days and 2mm on Sunday. Combined the lakes are capable of storing 95.5 million cubic metres of water. By. As part of our water resources management, we review lake storage levels daily and rely on short and long-range weather forecasts to balance the use of our water supply sources. Water from our reservoirs flows to a water treatment plant, is treated to ensure it is safe to drink, and then carried to consumers. Please check again later. Occasionally there are extensive storms that do not pass over the part of the catchment above the dam. Combined they cover 534 hectares and normally provide 60 per cent of Auckland’s water. Watercare site 8/06/2020 3:54:44 AM. Check the current water storage for dams in the Waitakere and Hunua ranges. While the dams vary in size, they all rely entirely on rainfall to replenish. All rights reserved. At a council meeting on Thursday morning, Watercare said the city is experiencing its worst drought ever, despite recent downpours. Completed: 1910 An application Watercare lodged in May for an additional 100 MLD has now been granted by Waikato Regional Council. The water stored for hydro-electric power passes through a dam to generate power. Auckland's water-use jumped more than 30 million litres a day after water restrictions eased, prompting calls for locals to ease up on their outdoor water-use. Hays Creek Dam is tiny compared to our biggest dams Mangatangi and Upper Mangatawhiri. A 10th dam, Hays Creek Dam, will be reconnected to the network in December 2020. [Sip] Our glass is half empty too and to say we’d like a top up would be an understatement. Capacity: 1.1 gigalitres Watercare operates 14 water supply reservoirs, five of them located northwest of Auckland in the Waitakere Ranges, two near Helensville, four to the southeast in the Hunua Ranges, and one east of Papakura. Photo Watercare . 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