All level one and two water restrictions in place across the Ashburton District have been lifted, effective immediately.
Residents connected to Council-owned water supplies in Ashburton, Chertsey, Fairton, Hakatere, Hinds, Lake Hood, Mayfield, Methven, Mt Somers and Rakaia are no longer required to restrict their use of hoses and sprinkler systems, however permanent hosing bans remain in place for the Montalto, Methven Springfield and Dromore supplies.
Council Service Delivery Group Manager Neil McCann says, "We have been monitoring our schemes' water usage, and with the cooler temperatures and wetter weather beginning to arrive, we feel confident that the water restrictions are no longer necessary. I would, however encourage people to continue using water-wise practices to avoid wastage.
"Thank you everyone who has been sticking to the restrictions these last two months. It has really helped to ensure there is enough water pressure for everyone connected to the schemes."
The Council introduced level one and two restrictions for all district water supplies (except those already on a permanent hosing ban) on 8 February 2019. Increased watering over the warmer summer months for gardening and other non-essential purposes saw usage begin to reach the Council's consented limits, and affect water pressure.