Hot weather causes spike in water use

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 14:14 20/02/2014

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Scorching temperatures have sent Palmerston North's water use soaring, but there are no hosing restrictions for now.

City council water asset engineer Dora Luo said on Wednesday, when the mercury nudged 32 degrees, city residents used a summer high of 36,262 cubic metres of water.

Last year there was only one day when demand exceeded 36,000 m3.

The water level at the Turitea dam was 60cm below the top.

Staff would review the need for restrictions early next week, depending on whether rain forecast for the weekend was enough to top up storage levels and dampen demand.

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- Manawatu Standard

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