It could be a long, dry summer in Palmerston North, and the city council is asking residents to start conserving water now.
Water assets manager Dora Luo said the council had already begun monitoring water levels at the Turitea dams, and was drawing more water from four local bores to protect the supplies stored at the dams.
Niwa is predicting a normal to dry summer for the region, likely to cause increased demand on water resources.
The Turitea dams usually provide two-thirds of the city's water supply.
Palmerston North residents use an average of 29,000 cubic metres of water every day which can climb to 49,000 cubic metres on a hot day.
"By being careful now, residents can help delay or prevent water restrictions during the summer months. If your garden is dry, the city's water levels probably are too."
- Manawatu Standard
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