A total hosing ban has been imposed on Norsewood, while two other Tararua towns have been subjected to hosing restrictions.
Prompted by continuing hot, dry weather and high water demand, the Tararua District Council says the hosing ban in Norsewood, which is in immediate effect, will be enforced until further notice.
The ban includes garden sprinklers, unattended water systems, soak hoses and hand-held hoses.
Residents may also not clean cars, wash houses or windows or refill swimming pools.
Hosing restrictions have also come into immediate effect in Pahiatua and Woodville.
The council says hand-held hoses may be used between 7pm and 9pm on alternate days - houses with even street numbers on even days and houses with odd street numbers on odd days.
''The co-operation of all residents with conserving water will help alleviate the possibility of more severe restrictions,'' the council says.
- Manawatu Standard
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