A new $145 million Watercare water treatment plant in Tūākau will go live from Wednesday, providing Auckland with up to 50 million litres of water a day from the Waikato River, Stuff reports. The facility is part of a $224 million package approved by Auckland Council last year to boost the city’s water supply as part of its drought recovery. Watercare chief executive Jon Lamonte said the new plant will provide a safety net for the city in case the weather is drier than forecasters predict.

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