Tasman Dry weather Taskforce Convener Dennis Bush-King says “The very small amount of rain that fell last night was not enough so water restrictions for permit holders in the Takaka, Upper Motueka and Waimea water management zones will move up one stage from where they currently sit.

“Many areas did not record any rain including Māpua, Upper Moutere and Motupipi.  Soil moisture conditions in both the Waimea and Takaka areas are well below where they were at this same time last year, so it is still dry out there.  Fortunately, demand is starting to taper off with harvesting either completed or well underway, although the restrictions will still be an issue for market gardeners and stock farmers.”

Some areas are also operating under their consent conditions so farms in the Rainey catchment are under a cease take and farmers in Riwaka and Little Sidney are still rostering water use.  The Anatoki Salmon Farm and NZ King Salmon farms in Golden Bay will also be operating under restrictions.

The Kainui Dam serving the Wai-iti area is 50% full and Council continues to release water but Mr Bush-King said Stage 1 restrictions will continue to apply.

Mr Bush-King said that coming on top of Covid-19, operating under water use restrictions makes it challenging for rural producers, especially as they may be making plans for winter.

The following restrictions will ally to consent holders in the following Water Management Zones (excluding any individual consent specific cuts) effective from Monday 13 April.

Step 1 - 20% cut

Moutere Western Groundwater, Lower Confined Aquifer (Affiliated), Hope and Eastern (Affiliated), Wai-iti, and Wai-iti Dam Service.

Step 2 - 35% cut

Waimea Zones (Affiliated), Redwoods, Takaka Surface, Takaka Aquifer, Takaka Marble Aquifer, Tapawera, Tadmor, Glen Rae, Wangapeka, Baton, Stanley Brook, Moutere Eastern Groundwater.

Step 3 - 50% cut

Waimea (Unaffiliated), Lower Confined (Unaffiliated), and Hope and Eastern Hills (Unaffiliated), Motupiko.

Cease take – 100% cut

Dove River, Moutere Surface.

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.

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