Palmerston North avoids hosing restrictions
Palmerston North has survived another week into autumn with no hosing restrictions in the forecast.
The level at the city's main storage dam at Turitea has dropped slowly to 1.6 metres below the spillway, and short of the trigger for imposing restrictions.
City council water asset engineer Dora Luo said increased use of the city's bores had helped supplement supply this summer, while recent cool temperatures had dampened demand.
While there was fine weather in the forecast, there was the prospect of heavy rain from a cyclone patch developing north of the country late next week.
In the meantime, council staff would closely monitor storage levels and demand, and urged people to use water efficiently to avoid the need for restrictions.