In light of the small amount of rain that has fallen, the weekly meeting of the Dry Weather Taskforce was postponed this week and restrictions for water permit holders are being held at current levels for a further week.

Dennis Bush-King, Dry Weather Taskforce Convenor says “We’re not out of the woods yet. The Moutere Eastern and Western Groundwater zones are still dropping. The Cobb Power station is not generating much so the Takaka River is getting low and Golden Bay didn’t get a lot of rain.  The Kainui Dam still has reasonable storage and we will review how much water we release on Friday.”

Consent holders in the following Water Management Zones will remain on the following rationing steps (excluding any individual consent specific cuts).

Step 1 - 20% cut

Moutere Western Groundwater, Lower Confined Aquifer (Affiliated) Hope and Eastern (Affiliated),Tapawera, Tadmor, Glen Rae, Baton, Stanley Brook, Wangapeka, Takaka Surface, Takaka Aquifer, Takaka Marble Aquifer, Wai-iti, Wai-iti Dam.

Step2 - 35% cut

Delta (Affiliated), Golden Hills (Affiliated), Reservoir (Affiliated), Upper Catchments (Affiliated), Upper Confined (Affiliated), Waimea West (Affiliated), Redwood, Moutere Eastern Groundwater.

Step 3 - 50% cut

Delta (Unaffiliated), Golden Hills (Unaffiliated), Reservoir (Unaffiliated), Upper Catchments (Unaffiliated), Upper Confined (Unaffiliated), Waimea West (Unaffiliated), Lower Confined Aquifer (Unaffiliated), Hope and Eastern Hills (Unaffiliated), Motupiko.

Cease take – 100% cut

Dovedale. UPDATED 12 MARCH - Moutere Surface Water cease take has been lifted. 

Dennis Bush-King said that people had been making good efforts to use water carefully and staff had only had to intervene in a small number of situations this year.

The Dry Weather Taskforce will meet again next Tuesday 17 March.

Public Reticulated supply restrictions

There is an easing back of the restrictions on some public supplies, as they move from Phase B back to Phase A, effective immediately.

Richard Kirby, Engineering Services Manager says “The current cooler conditions mean we can lift the restrictions to Phase A in Brightwater, Hope, Redwood, Richmond and Māpua/Ruby Bay.  All other areas remain at the same phase as last week for now.

“We thank everyone for managing their water use around these restrictions but ask everyone to keep conserving where possible. If we move into another dry weather pattern, the restrictions will be revised.”

Phase B restrictions are in place for Eighty-Eight Valley and Dovedale public water supply.

Under Phase B restrictions you can’t water the lawns, fill or top up your pool or use water for play activities. You can still water veggie gardens and fruit trees with a handheld hose, timer system or bucket. Watering your amenity gardens and trees is only permitted every second day, again using a handheld hose or timer system.  If your street address is an even number, water on even numbered days and likewise for odd numbers.

Phase A restrictions are in place for Richmond, Hope, Brightwater, Redwood Valley, Māpua/Ruby Bay, Wakefield and Tapawera. Residents are not permitted to fill swimming pools, but they can be topped up. Watering grass and lawns is not allowed but as long as you use a hand-held hose you can still water your plants and veggie gardens, wash buildings and cars.

These restrictions apply to homes, businesses and public organisations in the affected areas.