Level Five water conservation notice lifted

​Friday 11 August, 2017

Ashburton District Council has now lifted the Level Five water conservation notice for the Rakaia water scheme, after successfully replacing the broken submersible pump for the supply.

The water scheme is now working correctly and residents are safe to use water for both essential and non-essential purposes.

"The Rakaia community has been very cooperative during the conservation notice and we'd like to thank them for their assistance in conserving water. The new submersible pump is now connected and working correctly, and we are pleased to report the notice is no longer required," Council Assets Manager Andrew Guthrie says.

Rakaia residents were put onto a Level Five water conservation notice on Wednesday afternoon after the submersible pump for the scheme broke down. The break down meant water could not be pumped into the system to service the town and Council quickly issued the notice while getting to work to replace the broken equipment. 

For more information on water restrictions, click here​.

Thursday 10 August, 2017

Rakaia residents who use the town’s water supply are being asked to continue conserving water today, as the Level Five water conservation notice remains in place.

Ashburton District Council will install a new water pump for the system later today, after the submersible pump broke down yesterday afternoon. The break down meant water could not be pumped into the system to service the town, and Council quickly issued a Level Five water conservation notice to help reduce the amount of water used.

Under the restriction, all non-essential water use, including hosing is banned and Council urges residents to use the water sparingly.

“We greatly appreciate the community’s cooperation during this time, and would like to thank them for their efforts to conserve water. We are working as quickly as possible to get the system operating properly again and will notify when water use can return to normal,” Council Assets Manager Andrew Guthrie says.

For updates on the water restriction, check the Council’s website or Facebook page.

The water restriction will remain in place until further advised. ​

Wednesday 9 August, 2017

Ashburton District Council is advising residents on the Rakaia water supply that there is now a Level Five water restriction in place, effective immediately.

The submersible pump for the supply has broken down and Council officers and contractors are working to repair the equipment, which may take up to 48 hours.

The restriction places a total ban on all non-essential water use which includes hosing, and Council urges people to use the water sparingly.

For updates on the water restriction, check the Council's website or Facebook page.

The water restriction will remain in place until further advised.

Page reviewed: 14 Aug 2017 5:05pm