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Friday 20 December, 2019
Level 1 and 2 water restrictions will begin across the Ashburton District on Saturday 21 December, and residents connected to a Council supply are urged to follow the restrictions and be extra vigilant with their water use.
Residents in Ashburton, Chertsey, Fairton, Hinds, Hakatere, Lake Hood, Mayfield and Rakaia will be on a Level 1 water restriction, while Methven and Mt Somers residents will be on a Level 2 restriction.Council Service Delivery Group Manager, Neil McCann says although there is some wet weather predicted in the coming week, the Council is anticipating a return to warmer conditions between Christmas and the New Year when water consumption is likely to spike again.
"When people begin using too much water, as has started to happen, we risk breaching the amount of water we are allowed to take each day. Additionally, the water pumps can begin struggling to keep up with demand which then affects the service to peoples' homes.
"We've held off on imposing the restrictions for as long as we can while there's been rainfall around, but we anticipate that without restrictions, high water consumption would resume during the holidays. We want to provide clarity for residents before the Christmas period starts."
A Level 1 restriction permits people to use a hose, micro-spray or irrigation system on alternate days, rather than every day. In addition to watering on alternate days, Level 2 restrictions limit hosing to between the hours of 6pm and midnight.
In Ashburton, Hakatere, Lake Hood, Methven and Rakaia, residents with an even street number can hose on even calendar dates, while those with odd street numbers are allowed to hose on odd dates.
The alternate days for residents in Hinds, Mayfield, Mt Somers, Chertsey and Fairton are determined by residents' location to particular roads or streets. For details of these instructions, see the Council website.
A permanent hosing ban remains in place for Dromore, Methven Springfield and Montalto.
Mr McCann adds that it's important people reduce their water use in line with the restrictions: "If you are connected to a Council water supply, please do the right thing and follow the restrictions."
More information on water restrictions in the Ashburton District is available on the Council website.