Woodville imposes total hosing ban

23:00, Mar 11 2014

Woodville's water restrictions have been tightened, with a total hosing ban imposed as continuing dry, hot conditions take their toll on water supplies.

Tararua District Council chief executive Blair King said yesterday the Mangapapa Stream supplying Woodville was flowing at less than 20 litres per second, the minimum flow from which the council could draw water under its resource consent.

"That's starting to get down to a trickle when you consider how wide those streams are," he said.

"Once it drops further, we have to go further into actually restricting high users, those sort of options."

Last week the council also imposed a hosing ban on Norsewood.

Under the ban, garden sprinklers, unattended water systems, soak hoses, and hand-held hoses may not be used.

Cleaning cars, washing houses or windows and refilling swimming pools are also prohibited.

Restrictions imposed on Pahiatua last week allow the use of hand-held hoses between 7pm and 9pm on alternate days - houses with even street numbers on even days and houses with odd street numbers on odd days.

Those restrictions were unchanged, Mr King said.

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