Water restriction upgraded to Level Two

Tuesday 5 December, 2017

Ashburton District Council has upgraded the water restrictions in place around the district to a Level Two, effective immediately.

The restriction means residents connected to a Council water scheme can use a hand-held hose, micro-spray or automatic irrigation system an alternate days between 6.00pm and midnight. 

The restriction is in place for the Ashburton, Methven, Rakaia, Lake Hood, Chertsey, Fairton, Mt Somers, Mayfield, Hakatere and Hinds water schemes.

Residents connected to these schemes can use a hose or irrigation system on even or odd dates of the calendar, depending on their street number or location.

Council Projects & Operations Manager Viv Eyberg says there is often increased pressure on the district’s water schemes this time of year, and it is important residents adhere to the new restriction to help conserve water.

“Council has been monitoring our water supplies particularly closely these last few days, and we have now started reaching our maximum consented daily takings of 25 million litres per day. This amount of pressure cannot continue, so we’ve had to increase the restriction imposed on Saturday to a Level Two, in hopes that this will help alleviate the heavy water consumption.

“Please ensure you are only using a hose and irrigation systems on your allocated days and only in the evening until midnight, not in the middle of the day.”

The Level Two restriction does not apply to residents connected to the Dromore, Methven/Springfield or Montalto supplies, as they are already on a permanent hosing ban.

The restriction will remain in place until further notice. To check which days you can use a hose or irrigation system, visit the Council website

Page reviewed: 05 Dec 2017 5:14pm