Water restrictions next steps

Feedback closes at midnight, Wednesday 6 March 2019.

Thanks to everyone who attended or watched our community meeting. There's a council meeting today to finalise the next steps we need to take if the drought continues.

Acting Engineering Services manager Dwayne Fletcher outlines the current water situation and potential next steps.

The region is experiencing a significant drought in  most areas. We have imposed water restrictions in most areas.

In the absence of rain, the prospect of moving to more severe restrictions is likely. The next stage for the Waimeas, which is the source of the Brightwater, Richmond, Redwood Valley and Mapua community water supplies, is an 80% cut in the amount of water the Council is allowed to supply and then a cease take.

As a community water supplier, the Council is making plans for a worst case scenario. We need to decide what further restrictions and actions we will take if the drought continues.

Proposed future restrictions

We are proposing to escalate water restrictions further based on two trigger levels.

Stage 5 trigger level:

  • The Council's abstraction limits (what we are allowed to take from our water supply bores) fall to between 20 - 29% of our consent limit; or
  • Nelson's water supply to Tasman falls below 500 cubic metres per day.

Stage 5 restrictions:

  • Ban on topping up community swimming pools; and
  • Business usage cuts of 30 - 50%

Stage 6 trigger level:

  • A cease take order applies to the Council's water supplies

Stage 6 restrictions:

  • Ban all use of water except for essential human drinking water, food preparation, sanitation, animal welfare and firefighting
  • Set a maximum allowance of 125 litres per person per day for households (excluding water needed for firefighting)

Community meeting

If you get your household or business water from the Tasman District Council supply in the Waimea area you’re invited to a community meeting to talk about the next set of restrictions that are proposed if it doesn’t rain.

The meeting will cover the likely restrictions that will affect residents and businesses in:

  • Richmond
  • Hope
  • Brightwater
  • Mapua/Ruby Bay
  • Wakefield
  • Dovedale/Moutere
  • Redwood Valley
  • Eighty-Eight Valley

This is an opportunity to find out more about the drought, its effect on our water sources, and for you to provide feedback on proposed restrictions.

When and where

  • Wednesday 6 March
  • 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
  •  Richmond New Life Church, 85 Wensley Road, Richmond.

The church can accommodate about 300 people.

Read the presentation: Drought 2019 - Council's water supplies public meeting (pdf, 4.7 MB)

Live stream

The meeting will be livestreamed on the Tasman District Council Facebook page.

Have your say

You can provide feedback before midnight on Wednesday 6 March 2019 by emailing info@tasman.govt.nz. Please put "Water restrictions feedback" in the subject line.

A question you might like to consider:

If the only water available is for human and animal health purposes, are there any businesses or organisations providing an essential service that should not be subject to restrictions that could prevent them from operating?


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