Council lifts water restrictions

Wednesday 21 February, 2018

Ashburton District Council has today removed the Level Two water restrictions in place in the district.

The move means residents are no longer restricted in their use of a hose or irrigation system, however they are encouraged to continue using water-wise practices.

The restriction is being lifted for Ashburton, Chertsey, Fairton, Hakatere, Hinds, Lake Hood, Mayfield, Methven, Mt Somers and Rakaia, however schemes on a permanent hosing ban are remaining unchanged. These schemes are Methven/Springfield, Montalto and Dromore.

“With the recent visit from Cyclone Gita, conditions have eased considerably in the last few days and we are satisfied that restrictions are no longer needed,” Council Assets Manager Andrew Guthrie says.

“I’d strongly encourage residents to continue being sensible with their water use, such as hosing early in the morning or late in the evening, not in the middle of the day. Prudent use will ensure we don’t have to put restrictions back on again.

“We’d like to thank the community for their cooperation throughout the last few months while the restrictions have been in place. Your efforts do make a difference,” Mr Guthrie adds.

A Level One restriction was issued for most water supplies in the district on 2 December, and this was upgraded to a Level Two on 5 December, when water use on the Ashburton scheme began reaching the Council’s consented maximum daily take of 25,000 cubic metres per day.

Information on water restrictions is available on the Council website www.ashburtondc.govt.nz

Page reviewed: 13 Mar 2018 2:09pm