Turning off Auckland's fountains could help avoid water boil notice

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Auckland Regional Council says turning off water fountains and other fixtures around the city may help avoid a boil water notice.

Auckland Council, Watercare's biggest customer, is turning off 300 drinking fountains as part of its conservation effort.
Source: 1 NEWS

Auckland's drinking fountains, beach showers, water features and taps have all been turned off due to the water shortage.

The recent flooding dramatically reduced the amount of water which could be treated for consumption in the region, and Auckland Council is doing its bit to reduce usage.

Council spokesman Barry Potter said the situation will be reassessed soon, and the fountains turned back as soon as possible.

"Unfortunately some of these water fountains, drinking fountains are plumbed into things that we do need to turn off," he said.

Water features, beach showers and public taps have also been turned off, and restrictions also apply to non-essential irrigation and window washing.

Popular dog-walking sites like Meola Reed in Auckland are also affected - and the pups may be feeling the heat after a long run.

The regional council is keen to see the taps back on soon, as it gives people an alternative to sugary drinks.

Aucklanders used 376 million litres of water on Wednesday - a record low since water savings measures began - but Watercare is still suggesting that people continue to conserve.

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