Ashburton District Council lifts fire and water restrictions

Ashburton District Council has lifted the fire and water restrictions that have been in place throughout the district during the summer months.

As far as the district's fire status goes, it is back to an open fire season on the Ashburton Plains and on the Hill and High Country restricted conditions remain in place.

Ashburton District Principal Rural Fire Officer Don Geddes says the change in status for both areas has come about as a result of recent rain and a general seasonal change as we head into cooler autumn temperatures.

"These combined factors have meant the risk level has reduced enough to allow us to move back to an open fire season on the Plains.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to say that during the time the prohibition was in place, the majority of people were accepting of the fact that we did have an extremely high risk fire situation for a number of weeks – one that we hadn't experienced for quite some years in the district.

"I'd like to thank people for their understanding of the reasons they were not allowed to burn stubble during the high risk period. It was appreciated."

Water restrictions have also been lifted as peak demand returns to manageable levels due to the recent wet and cooler weather.

Assets Manager Andrew Guthrie says the rain the district has experienced over the last couple of weeks has helped ease the pressure on the water supplies and levels are back up to where they need to be.

He says while restrictions have been lifted for most water schemes, there are some supplies with permanent hosing bans and these remain in place.

Hosing is not permitted at any time on the Dromore, Methven Springfield and Montalto water supplies.

"It's been a while since Council has had to implement the higher level restrictions and on a whole most people were pretty good at adhering to them."

Page reviewed: 07 Apr 2015 11:12am