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Plans to take more water from Waikato

Last updated 05:00 29/01/2014

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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.

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- Papakura Courier

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