Watering curbs spread as river levels plunge

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 14:30 07/12/2012

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Tararua towns are starting water restrictions, following their neighbours' lead in hope of limiting water woes over summer.

Hosing restrictions began for Palmerston North residents last week and their Tararua counterparts now have similar rules for their water use.

Residents throughout Tararua, including Dannevirke, Woodville and Pahiatua, can use their hoses and garden sprinklers only on alternate days - properties with an odd street number can hose at any time on odd-numbered days and properties with even numbers can hose at any time on even days - and the use of a soak hose is prohibited at all times.

Tararua District Council water utilities manager Dave Watson said that because the district's river flows had dropped dramatically in the past couple of weeks, the council had to reduce the amount of water being used to supply Tararua towns.

If residents reduced their water use they would save money on water bills as well as helping the district save on water production costs, such as electricity to run the pumps, treatment plants, pipes and reservoirs, Mr Watson said.

Making a concerted water conservation effort would hopefully delay, or even prevent, the need for a total hose ban later in summer, he said.

Palmerston North remains on level one restrictions, meaning city residents are allowed to hose the garden by hand on alternate days.

The use of sprinklers and other unattended watering devices remains restricted to between 7pm and 9pm on allotted days. Residents at properties with odd street numbers can hose on odd-numbered days; those with even numbers on even dates, and soak hoses remain prohibited.

Horowhenua District Council's water restrictions, imposed last week, also remain the same.

Residents at even-numbered properties with council water supplies can use garden sprinklers and hoses during the hours of 7pm to 9pm and those with odd-numbered properties on odd dates, with soak hoses also banned.

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