Kapiti Observer : January 14th 2013
8 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 14, 2013 Just before Christmas a large truck rolled on to the Coastlands Aquatic Centre site carrying some exciting cargo -- the new hydroslide. Water restrictions remain in place Despite some rain last week and more predicted this week, people still need to be frugal when it comes to water use. Waikanae, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu and Raumati have had a stage one water restriction in place since before Christmas due to dry weather that has led to high water use by gardeners. Water consumption peaked at 20,972 cubic metres on 24 December. Stage one water restrictions are applied when demand exceeds 18,000 cubic metres of water a day during the week. This means unattended hoses, sprinklers and other garden watering systems can only be used every second day (even numbered houses on even days and odd numbered houses on odd days) between 7-9pm, but handheld hoses can be used at any time. Paekākāriki has a year-round stage two water restriction in place which means unattended hoses, sprinklers and garden watering systems are banned, but hand-held hoses can be used at any time. "It's good to see people supporting the restrictions and doing their bit to reduce water use," says Sean Mallon, Group Manager Infrastructure Services. "Regular rainfall of late has meant gardens have remained green without too much additional water use, but we urge residents to continue to observe the restrictions if dry weather returns." If demand exceeds 22,500 cubic metres a day during the week, a stage three restriction is put in place, i.e., only hand-held hoses can be used, every second day (even numbered houses on even days and odd numbered houses on odd days) between 7-9pm. The long summer days provide a great opportunity for you and your family to try some of the excellent walking and cycling tracks on the Kāpiti Coast. Today we are going to focus on the Wharemauku Stream track. The main track runs from just opposite City Fitness on Rimu Road west towards the beach. There is a separate entrance beside the Kapiti Observer offce on the same road. The track is well formed, gravelled, and follows a gentle gradient; so it is a good track for young and old. It is open to walkers, runners, dogs on leash, and mountain bikers. Motorbikes and the like are banned on all sections. The track is around three to four kilometres and is well signposted. At the Coastlands (eastern end), the track follows the south bank of the Wharemauku Stream to the edge of the airport, where it crosses the stream to the northern bank and continues on to Weka Park. From there it runs around the northern end of the park to Alexander Road. Walkers can break out down Alexander Road or follow the stream to Matatua Road and then on to the Marine Gardens and the Splash Pad, or go directly to the beach. It really is an easy walk and well suited to those wanting a quick lunch-time break or a leisurely stroll to the beach. The track passes through wetlands to the airport before entering a more suburban setting. Where else in the region can you don your outdoor gear at lunch-time and go for a quick run in such a handy outdoor setting, or end your stroll with a fat white and scone at the Raumati shops! Aren't we lucky? For more information call 04 296 4700 or visit www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/ Meagan Howson enjoying time out on the Wharemauku track with her dogs Louie and Rosie The slide, which was made in Turkey, is expected to be installed in three weeks when work on the foundations is complete. Earlier this year it was revealed the slide will be sky blue, with occasional transparent panels, and a fgure-eight design. Councillor Diane Ammundsen says the fact the slide arrived at Christmas was quite ftting. "It may not have been delivered on a sleigh by a man in a red suit but for the children of Kāpiti the arrival of the hydroslide is exciting news indeed. For many of our youngsters it is the most anticipated feature of the new facility." Councillor Ammundsen says the other exciting news is that the roof is fnished. "Recent high winds created a bit of a challenge but the last of the air cushions were installed last week to give the complex its distinctive, hi-tech bubble roof." Elsewhere on the site, internal scaffolding has been removed, the concrete foor in the pool hall is complete, tiling and lining of walls is almost fnished and the last of the plant has been installed. The Coastlands Aquatic Centre is expected to open at the end of March.
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