In light of the rain that fell overnight, the Dry Weather Task Force has been able to leave most of the current water restrictions in place.

Dennis Bush-King, Convenor of the Dry Weather Taskforce says, “While we haven’t had enough rain to be able to lift the water restrictions in place, it has been enough that we don’t need to impose further restrictions in most places for the coming week.  There is rain predicted for next week as well which will help”. 

“We have moved the Moutere Eastern Groundwater zone to Stage 2 Restrictions and even though we are releasing water from the Kainui Dam we are going to bring in Stage 1 Restrictions in the Wai-iti zones to help balance the situation as demand will be steady for the next three to four weeks.

“We’d also like to reinforce the conservation message, if you can find ways to use less water, it does have a positive effect on the overall situation. Every drop really does count.”

Consent holders in the following Water Management Zones will either remain in or move to the following rationing steps below with effect from Monday 09 March 2020 (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, Moutere Surface Water.

Public Reticulated supply restrictions

The restrictions on public supplies also remain unchanged for the coming week. We remind everyone to please abide by the handheld watering restrictions that are in place. Richard Kirby, Engineering Services Manager says “We’re getting a disappointing number of reports of people still using sprinklers and watering lawns in areas where restrictions are in place. We’re asking everyone to do their part to help conserve our water resource.”

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.