The Dry Weather Taskforce met last night and has made some small changes to the current water restrictions. 

Dennis Bush-King, Dry Weather Taskforce Convenor says, “While river and aquifer levels continue to drop around the region, this is thankfully coinciding with some reduced demand. We are retaining restrictions at their current levels except for Takaka and Wangapeka zones, which will move to Step 2.

“Given the recession of the Waimea River, if we receive no rain this week, it’s likely we’ll need to increase restrictions on the Waimea Plains from next week”.

Consent holders in the following Water Management Zones will remain on or move to the following rationing steps (excluding any individual consent specific cuts) effective from Monday 23 March.

Step 1 - 20% cut

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

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

Dove River.

The Dry Weather Taskforce will meet again next Tuesday 24 March.

Public Reticulated supply restrictions

There is no change to the current restrictions on public reticulated supplies.

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.