Ashburton District Council is advising residents on the Methven/Springfield Water Scheme that Level 5 Water Conservation requirements are now in place – emergency management – effective immediately.
The change to Level 5 means affected residents can only use water for essential domestic, commercial and industrial until further notice.
Council's Contracts Manager Brian Fauth says dry weather over the last few months has resulted in the Methven/ Springfield Water Scheme experiencing very low water flows.
"Low water flows have come about from a low ground water level – in effect, the low water table is affecting the scheme's ability to provide a normal level of service.
"We are phoning affected residents today to inform them about the situation and are in the process of working with Ashburton Contracting Limited, ACL, to provide an alternative method of providing water to the system.
"We'd like to thank residents for their patience and understanding about the strict water conservation requirements while we work through this issue."
Council is also recommending that affected residents check their property for leaking pipes, showers and taps and get these attended to promptly.
The scheme is also dependent on compliance with allocations and restrictors being in place. Tampering or removing restrictors is prohibited as it impacts the scheme performance and affects other residents on the scheme.
In addition, Council is requesting that if people notice any water leaks on Council mains, to please contact Customer Services on 307 7700 with the details and location of the leak. This information will be forwarded to our maintenance contractor so they can carry out the repairs.