Rain delays restriction

17:42, Dec 27 2012

A sprinkling of rain has been enough to delay further water cuts for permitted users across the Waimea Plains.

Stage one (20 per cent) water restrictions were introduced on Christmas Eve with urban and rural supply users across the district also asked to conserve household and garden water.

Tasman District Council's dry weather task force convener Dennis Bush-King said the 13.6 millimetres of rain which fell on the Waimea Plains on Wednesday night pushed the Waimea River's level to 4.5 cubic metres a second (cumecs).

However, although the flow was already dropping yesterday.

"We wanted 15mm but in my view that was probably enough to hold off moving to stage two [35 per cent] but we are by no means out of the woods. Further rain is predicted for next week but the dry conditions mean that the chances of moving to stage two in January are still high."

Mr Bush-King said much-needed rain also fell in the Motupiko and Upper Motueka catchments.


"The Motupiko was looking pretty dire. It might not have been good for holidaymakers but the rain would have been welcomed by growers and farmers," he said.

Some 20mm of rain fell in the Kainui Dam catchment, which is periodically released to top up the Wai-iti River.

"At least there is some rain falling somewhere," Mr Bush-King said.

The stage one rationing means a cut in use by 20 per cent of consented water take levels, and it applies in the Upper Catchment, Reservoir, Waimea West, Delta, Golden Hills, Hope and lower and upper confined aquifer zones in the Waimea Plains.

There is also in place a notice to conserve water in the urban areas of Richmond, Mapua, Ruby Bay, Brightwater, Hope, Wakefield, Tapawera and their rural extensions. This also applies to the rural water supply schemes of Redwood Valley, 88 Valley and Dovedale.

Handheld hosing only is permitted on odd and even calendar days corresponding to the house street number.

Owners of private domestic wells in the areas subject to rationing are also directed to only water domestic gardens every second day.

Richmond includes Daelyn Dr, Taranaki Pl, Joyce Pl, Kingi Pl, John Sutton Pl and Hill St North including Mako St, Marino St and Iti Lane in Nelson.