The region received some much needed rain this week and it was sufficient to lift some water restrictions, while some others have been relaxed.

Following decisions made at yesterday’s meeting of the Dry Weather Task Force, all changes that lift restrictions take effect immediately.

Most Stage One restrictions for water permit holders around the district have been lifted, except for the Motupiko, Moutere Eastern and Western Groundwater zones. The cease take has been lifted for the Moutere Surface Zone.

Stage Two restrictions (35% cut in water take) apply in the Redwood zone.

Permit holders in the Waimea Plains not affiliated to the Waimea Community Dam step back to Stage Three restrictions (50% cut in water take) in Delta, Reservoir, Upper Catchments, Waimea West, Upper Confined and Golden Hills. Stage Two restrictions (35% cut in water take) now apply in the Lower Confined Aquifer and Hope Eastern Hills zone.

Permit holders in the Waimea Plains affiliated to the Waimea Community Dam step back to Stage Two restrictions (35% cut in water take) in the Delta, Reservoir, Upper Catchments, Waimea West, Upper Confined and Golden Hills.

Stage One restrictions (20% cut in water take) now apply in the Lower Confined Aquifer and Hope Eastern Hills.

A cease take remains in place for irrigators taking water from the Dove River.

Dennis Bush-King, Task Force Convenor says “Although the rain we did get was very welcome, it wasn’t enough to allow us to lift water restrictions altogether.

“There is more rain forecast later this week and the Task Force plans to meet again next Tuesday to assess what impact that has on the situation.

“In the meantime, we need to continue to manage our water resources as best we can and we ask everyone to be mindful of their responsibilities.”

Public Reticulated supply restrictions

Richard Kirby, Engineering Services Manager says “While this week’s rain was welcome, we’re not out of the woods yet. If we don’t get more rain in the next week we’ll be right back in the same, or even a more serious situation. By leaving the current restrictions in effect, we’ll be better placed to manage future demand”.  

Phase B restrictions are in place for Richmond, Hope, Brightwater, Redwood Valley, Eighty-Eight Valley, Dovedale and Māpua/Ruby Bay.

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 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.