Palmerston North residents are being asked to use water sensibly while an ever-changing weather forecast delays a decision on when to introduce hosing restrictions.
The Turitea dam, which provides storage for about two-thirds of the city's water needs, has stopped overflowing, and a hot weekend saw daily demand soar to 33,700 cubic metres.
Cooler days and a smattering of rain dropped demand to 24,000 cubic metres yesterday.
City council water asset engineer Dora Luo said a decision on whether to start rationing use of sprinklers and unattended hoses was likely to be made tomorrow and would be influenced by any significant rainfall in the next 24 hours.
- Manawatu Standard
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