Hold on - rain on way
New Plymouth water woes are getting worse as river levels continue to drop, but relief may be just around the corner.
The Waiwhakaiho River, the district's main water supply, is now lower than at any time during last year's drought.
Water restrictions went in place last month with gardeners asked to limit their use to handheld hoses on alternate days. Automated sprinklers are banned.
But with Metservice forecasting rain from Sunday there may be an relief for gardeners watching their tomatoes bake and lawns turn brown.
It is forecasting high winds on Saturday with rain kicking in on Sunday, and lasting for at least seven days.
Yesterday the district used 40.370 million litres of water, down 0.7 per cent on Tuesday's 40.636 million litres.
Taranaki Daily News