During the summer months, the hot and dry weather can place pressure on existing water systems and this can make it necessary for Council to impose water restrictions. The severity of these restrictions is determined by many other contributing factors. We are monitoring water conditions regularly and will continue to update residents through our website and Facebook page.
District-wide water restrictions
Despite several days of rain, water restrictions that were put in place in December are set to remain in place.
"Traditionally, March and April are fairly dry months in the district and to lift restrictions at this stage would be premature", explains Tararua District Council, Group Manager of Plant and Property, Dave Watson.
Current water restrictions include total hosing bans in Pahiatua, Woodville, Norsewood, Akitio and Eketahuna. Alternate day hosing restrictions are also in place in Dannevirke; this is to ensure the district maintains sufficient water reserves in the case of emergency.
Mr Watson says residents throughout the district have responded well to the current restrictions and their support during this time is appreciated.
Woodville Impounded Water Supply
Thanks to the recent long period of fine weather, contractors have made great progress on work at the Woodville Impounded Water Supply (reservoir).
"With excavations and the concrete ring beam to secure the lining well underway, the reservoir is getting closer to having the membrane liner installed and - all going to plan - should be complete by mid to late March."
Mr Watson says filling the impounded supply will be a big project in itself and will start once the Mangapapa Stream regains sufficient flow to allow for Council to draw enough water for both the town supply and to fill the reservoir.
Pahiatua Water Treatment Plant
Discussions continue regarding the Pahiatua Water Treatment Plant. A meeting is being organised with representatives from the Ministry of Health (MoH), Beca, Filtec and other council staff representatives, to discuss final issues with the preliminary design report and funding issues.
Pahiatua Impounded Water Supply
Mr Watson says the supplier of the new reservoir is reviewing the tank specification requirements for the Wakeman Street site.
"We are working with the supplier on engineering issues such as specifications to allow for wind at the site; more information on sub soil classes; the ground bearing capacity and potential for liquefaction; slope stability and water table levels."
Where to find information
We are monitoring water conditions regularly and will continue to update residents through our website and Facebook page.
You can help to conserve water by checking all taps/tanks for leaks on a regular basis and reporting any leaking tobies/pipes to Council as soon as possible.
Want to learn more about how you can help to conserve water? Check out our #10wiseways to conserve water this summer: www.tararuadc.govt.nz/10wiseways