Tararua District Council would like to advise that due to rapidly drying conditions the Tararua District is now in a restricted fire season and water restrictions are now in place.
District Water Status http://www.tararuadc.govt.nz/Alerts/District_Water_-_Hosing_Restrictions_Begin
Rural Fire Status http://www.tararuadc.govt.nz/Alerts/Rural_Fire_Status
Tararua District Water - Hosing Restrictions Begin
River flows throughout the district have dropped dramatically over the last couple of weeks. This in turn has reduced our daily water takes for the towns - so it is essential we conserve water at these times - as the summer season is heading toward a very dry period.
As of 3 February 2016, residents in Eketahuna, Pahiatua, Woodville and Norsewood will only be allowed to hose the garden by hand at any time on alternative days. The way the system works is that properties ending with an odd street number can hose on odd-numbered days and even numbers on even days. Soak hose are prohibited at all times.
We would like to request that households find other ways to reduce their water use wherever possible. Council staff hopes water conservation efforts now would delay, or prevent the need for watering bans later in summer.
Want to learn more about ways to conserve water? www.tararuadc.govt.nz/wisewithwater
Restricted Fire Season (permit required)
A "Restricted Fire Season" has been declared for the whole of the Tararua District. A permit is required to light a fire in the open air and certain conditions must be met before lighting.
The fire threat is being managed at present, however "it is getting hotter and drier and there is a lot of long grass about which has the potential to ignite and do a lot of damage" says Principal Rural Fire Officer, Paddy Driver.
He welcomed the responsible attitude of people who have contacted the Council for permits and advice to date. He also reminds those who light fires outdoors without a permit are acting illegally AND will probably not be able to claim insurance for fire fighting costs and damage to both their own or neighbours property if the fire gets away on them.
Permits cost nothing and are usually issued on the day of applying, provided all the necessary information is supplied – including an email address. Mr. Driver emphasises that we are here to help people to safely use fire as a land management tool and not unnecessarily put barriers in their way.
For information and advice on lighting fires, or to apply for a permit, please contact the Council on 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110.