Restrictions as the dry spell persists

Last updated 13:00 27/02/2013

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Further water restrictions are being imposed on Tasman district as the dry weather continues.

Tasman District Council's Dry Weather Taskforce convener Dennis Bush-King said today further water rationing measures are to be introduced across the district.

"The absence of any serious rain since the middle of January means things are dry and river and groundwater levels continue to drop across the district.

"We are moving to stage 2 for the areas of the Waimea Plains that came into restrictions last week, maintaining stage 1 in the Moutere western and eastern groundwater zones, and will be introducing stage 1 restriction in the Lower Confined, Hope water zones on the Waimea and the Motupiko Zone in the Upper Motueka area," Mr Bush-King said.

He said the Waimea River dropped 700 litres at Appleby Bridge over the past week.

"The rate of decline in river flow and water level is increasing and we need to manage the river for as long as we can to ensure it does not dry up."

There is still no rationing required in the Wai-iti zone as the council continues to release water from the Wai-iti water augmentation dam at Kainui. Mr Bush-King said that the Anatoki River continues on water restrictions.

"We are also watching carefully the Riwaka and Wangapeka Rivers and the Hau Zone in Motueka. In the Wangapeka especially, water usage is at 92 per cent of allocation and without rain and a reduction in demand, we might be introducing rationing for the first time."

The council will continue a Conserve Water Notice in the urban areas of Richmond, which includes Daelyn Drive, Taranaki Place, Joyce Place, Kingi Place, John Sutton Place and Hill St North including Mako St, Marino St and Iti Lane; Mapua, Ruby Bay, Brightwater, Hope, Wakefield, Tapawera and their rural extensions.

The notice also applies to the rural water supply schemes of Redwood Valley, 88 Valley, and Dovedale.

Hand-held 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.

Mr Bush-King said notices would be sent out to all water permit holders this week and the Dry Weather Task Force would meet again next week.

Nelson City Council said the city had an adequate water supply and did not expect restrictions would be needed.

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