Rain staves off water restrictions

01:13, Dec 06 2012

Rain this week has staved off water restrictions.

The Tasman District Council's Dry Weather Taskforce convener Dennis Bush-King said the water situation on the Waimea Plains remained a concern but rationing in the area would be held back for at least another week.

"The small amount of rain over the last 36 hours was welcome but not enough. The Waimea Plains area remains dry with the soil moisture continuing to be low," Mr Bush-King said.

"We only got about 4 millimetres of rain on the plains with about 10 to 14mm in the Upper Lee and Roding catchments.

We really wanted more but at this point it is enough to delay a decision on rationing. It was not enough to recharge the aquifers which overall on the plains are very low for this time of the year." Rain had also increased Wai-iti River flows slightly.