Council starts sprinkler ban
The use of sprinklers and unattended hoses will be banned in Palmerston North from tomorrow.
The city council has moved directly to impose level two hosing restrictions, skipping a limited sprinkler season, after the driest March on record, and a very dry February.
Water asset engineer Dora Luo said there had been no significant rain for almost eight weeks.
Some rainfall was expected next week, but it was unlikely to be enough.
Water conservation efforts and increased use of bore supplies had helped delay the introduction of restrictions, but were still no match for the dry conditions.
Current daily demand is for 30,000 cubic metres of water, which is 20 per cent higher than at the same time last year, when restrictions were in place.
The restrictions mean unattended hoses, sprinklers or irrigation systems cannot be used. Handheld hoses can be used between 5pm and 7pm on alternate days - houses with odd street numbers on odd dates, and those with even numbers on even dates.