Our water supply network covers a lot of ground, so we've created diagrams of each supply.
At the moment each scheme is using much less water compared to a similar period in previous years.This equates to about 25% less water on the Waimea Plains alone. This is good news and thanks to everyone doing their bit to conserve water.
The graphs show water usage since early January 2019 for council supplies in Brightwater, Dovedale, Eighty-Eight Valley, Mapua Ruby May, Redwood Valley, Richmond and Wakefield.
As part of managing the district's valuable water resources, Council also requires water usage data from resource consent holders via their water meter readings. This data is instrumental in ensuring sustainable water management particularly in summer when drier conditions prevail. In those periods, where drought impacts on water availability, water rationing and urban restrictions are critical to ensuring the preservation of the resource.
Future restrictions will be decided at the next meeting of the Dry Weather Task Force.
Maps showing the various water zones around Tasman District and the current restrictions.
These will be uploaded when they become available.
This document will be uploaded when it becomes available.
When conditions are dry and there is a risk of low river flows and/or seawater intrusion into aquifers, we consider restrictions for water use through a forum called the Dry Weather Task Force (DWTF). The task force is made up of water user representatives and council staff.
During an emergency, we may restrict or prohibit the use of water for any specified purpose, for any specified period, and for any or all users.
We let people know by public notice, Newsline, on our website, social media and other channels.
The Council may enact penalties over and above those contained in the Water Supply Bylaw conditions to enforce these restrictions.
Restrictions for everyone connected to urban water supplies and their rural extensions.
Stage One rationing means a cut in use by 20 percent of consented water take levels.
Stage 2 Restrictions mean a cut of 35% in permitted allocations.
Stage 3 Restrictions mean a cut of 50% in permitted allocations.
Stage 4 rationing means a cut of 65% in permitted allocations.
The Dry Weather Task Force comprises elected councillors, Council staff, members of the various water user groups in Tasman, Fish and Game Nelson Marlborough Region, Nelson City Council staff, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Rural Fire representatives.
The Dry Weather Task Force was formed many years ago to manage water during dry periods in an informed and collaborative manner. The Task Force normally meets on Tuesdays of each week where a regional water resource update, water use/compliance and forecast of both climate and water demand is discussed. Recommendations are made to the Task Force and agreed decisions are then notified via a press release. Water permit holders who have restrictions placed on them may also be notified directly, depending on the requirements of the restrictions imposed.
The Dry Weather Task Force is made up of primarily Waimea water users due to the susceptibility of this area to water restrictions. Other user groups are involved when it is relevant.
The Convenor for the Dry Weather Task Force is the Environment and Planning Manager of Tasman District Council. Key Council staff involved with the Dry Weather Task Force are:
|Committee Member||Contact Number|
|Peter Lines||0274 418 560|
|Murray King||021 684 901|
|Dennis Cassidy||021 051 0623|
|Stephen Sutton||0274 495 133|
|Jeremy Naylor||03 541 8846|
|Kit Maling||027 544 0536|
|Julian Raine||021 443 993|
|David Easton||021 314 902|
|Joseph Thomas||027 458 3674|
|Cr Tim King||
027 244 8202
|Dennis Bush-King||0274 310 317|
Any current news releases from the Dry Weather Task Force can be viewed from the link below.