A council “Media Advisory” issued today reads in part:

…anyone that’s been watching the rivers [will] be aware the flows have been dropping.

The Waikanae river is flowing at around 1070 litres per sec today and with no
significant rain expected for over a week we have switched our Waikanae
Water Treatment Plant into river recharge mode.

This means that as the water level drops in the river over the coming days
the plant is ready to start river recharge automatically.

So should we need more water than is available from the river, the ground
water bores will start and top the river up.

This means we can continue to use river water for supply to our Waikanae,
Paraparaumu  and Raumati communities while maintaining the required 750 l/s
base flow in the river.