Demand for water rising

The rainfall in Warkworth during March was 36.6mm, down on 56.8mm in March last year.

Rainfall last month has topped up some water tanks across the district but extra use during quarantine has increased demand for water tanker deliveries.

According to a weather station in Sandspit, scattered falls during March amounted to twice the rainfall recorded in January and February combined.

During March, Wellsford and Kaipara Flats saw the most rain at 38mm and 43mm respectively, while the least amount of rain fell in Leigh at 17.5mm.

The average wait time for a water delivery is one week, but most tanker delivery companies have spots available for urgent deliveries.

Drip Drop is still doing eight water deliveries a day, and like other water companies has had demand increase in the last week since quarantine started.

All the companies the Mahurangi Matters spoke to said they had had an usually high demand for the time of year due to people occupying their baches during the lockdown.

Solway Artesian Water expects demand to continue to increase as residents in quarantine use more water, but they are not anticipating drought-like levels.

Most companies say their backlog from the drought in January and February has been met and a number of advanced bookings have been cancelled as a result of recent rain.

  •   •  Warkworth: 36.6mm

  •   •  Algies Bay: 27mm

  •   •  Sandspit: 25.4mm

  •   •  Leigh: 17.5mm

  •   •  Whangateau: 27.5mm

  •   •  Takatu: 23mm

  •   •  Kaipara Flats: 43mm

  •   •  Wellsford: 38mm

  •   •  Topuni: 26mm

The year to date: 51.1mm. In March last year, the total was 125mm.

Highest rainfall day: March 11 at 7.2mm

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