Water running short across region

Water restrictions are looming again.

Nelson City Council is asking residents who take their water from streams or wells to use it responsibly and conserve it whenever possible.

The Tasman District Council's Dry Weather Task Force is to meet this afternoon and will decide whether to impose restrictions.

The council's call follows flows in local rivers and streams gradually receding and approaching the low flow trigger level.

The council says it will continue monitoring the situation regularly until there is significant rain. Should water restrictions become necessary, affected households will be notified in writing.

The restrictions do not apply to those on the council reticulated supply, and water levels in the Maitai Dam, Maitai and Roding rivers are currently adequate.

It is the second time this summer that residents have been urged to conserve water. The first was during the dry spell at the end of last year, but rain last month averted restrictions.

The next two days are forecast to have sunny spells and light winds, with drizzle and northerlies developing on Friday.