Plans to take more water from Waikato
A new source of water is needed to quench the thirst of Auckland's growing population and it's likely to come from the Waikato River.
A leaked resource consent application shows Watercare, which is owned by Auckland Council, wants to take 200,000 cubic metres of water a day from the Waikato to meet Auckland's demand over the next three decades.
The city is expected to reach a population of 2 million within 30 years.
Much of the growth is targeted for the Franklin and rural Papakura areas.
Watercare is also considering other options for water provision including a new dam across the Mangatawhiri Stream and construction of a desalination plant.
Auckland already receives about 10 per cent of its water supply from the Waikato and has a consent to take 150,000 cubic metres a day until 2032.
If the consent is approved, additional water could be pumped north from the river within a decade.