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Current restrictions

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Norsewood
Eketāhuna
Woodville
Pahiatua
Pongaroa
Akitio

ALTERNATE DAY RESTRICTIONS

Dannevirke

ALTERNATE EVENING RESTRICTIONS (7PM-9PM) 

No towns are on this restriction.

TOTAL OUTDOOR BAN

No towns are on this restriction. 

ESSENTIAL USE ONLY

No towns are on this restriction. 


Restriction definitions 

Alternate day restriction means:

Hand-held hoses only on alternate days, i.e. houses with even street numbers on even days and houses with odd street numbers on odd days.

Alternate evening restriction means:

Hand-held hoses only on alternate evenings between 7pm - 9pm i.e. houses with even street numbers on even nights and houses with odd street numbers on odd nights.

Total outdoor ban means:

You may not:

  • Use sprinklers
  • Use soak hoses
  • Use irrigation systems
  • Hose of gardens
  • Wash vehicles, buildings or boats

You may:

  • Use buckets and watering cans to water gardens 

Essential use only means:

You may not:

  • Use water anywhere outside (unless is it recycled water/greywater)

You may:

  • Use water for cleaning and cooking
  • Use water to wash clothes and take showers  

Latest updates

Thursday 22 July: “Heavy rain doesn’t help”: Dannevirke water restrictions to remain on

Residents in Dannevirke have been on alternate day water restrictions since May 2021 and this will continue for at least another 2 weeks.

Alternate Day Restrictions means that hand-held hoses only may be used on alternate days, i.e. houses with even street numbers on even days and houses with odd street numbers on odd days.

The Tamaki river that council takes water from to supply the town has been in low flow and there has not been enough to meet the level of demand from users. When this happens, Council uses a combination of water from the river and water from the reservoir to meet the town’s needs, meaning Council has been unable to completely refill the reservoir.

“We’ve been using a combination of the river and reservoir water for some time now – bits of rain here and there have helped but it’s not full enough for us to feel confident lifting the restrictions,” explains Chris Chapman, Council’s Group Manager – Infrastructure.

“Heavy rain doesn’t help – if anything it makes things worse. The rain makes the river water really turbid (dirty) which we are unable to use, so we end up using even more from the reservoir.”

“We’re not at red alert levels but we are asking residents to really think about their water use. We’re also trying to better understand where it is being used. Realistically, we expect that the restrictions in Dannevirke will need to remain in place until we’re able to get enough water into that reservoir for us to feel really confident that if we lifted them, we wouldn’t be in a position of having to put them straight back on again.”

Mayor Tracey Collis says she understands the frustration for residents.

“Restrictions have been in place for a long time and  people  are making a really significant effort to be mindful and conserve water. Thank you to everyone who is playing their part (even if it’s only turning off the tap while you brush your teeth),” says Mayor Tracey.

“We’re keeping a very close eye on things and plan to lift the restrictions as soon as it is sensible to do so.”

 


Tuesday 11 May: Alternate day water restrictions implemented in Dannevirke

Dannevirke will move to Alternate Day water restrictions, effective immediately.

Alternate Day Restrictions means that hand-held hoses only may be used on alternate days, i.e. houses with even street numbers on even days and houses with odd street numbers on odd days.

Why is council putting restrictions on?

Council sources Dannevirke’s water from the Tamaki River. This is in low flow meaning Council are restricted in the volume of water that can be taken under our resource consent.

The volume of water allowed to be taken during low flow is less than what Dannevirke uses. The large raw water reservoir (or impounded supply) was constructed to lessen this risk, by enabling Council to top up the amount being taken from the river to a level that meets Dannevirke’s need.

The extended period of low flow and restricted water take is reducing the quantity of water in the impounded supply. With dry weather forecast, reduced consumption is required to ensure further restrictions aren’t required. This is especially relevant for extraordinary and rural users.

“Demand is currently higher than what we can take from the river and this is not sustainable. It is essential that both Council and the community take measures to conserve water and this includes water restrictions,” explains Mayor Tracey Collis.

“Our teams are continuing to monitor supply and demand. Without significant rainfall or a drop in water use within the next week or so, Council will likely need to increase these restrictions.”

“We’re also putting out a call to our high users of water and asking that you do what you can, where you can, to reduce your use. Every drop counts. He waka eke noa – we’re all in this together.”

How will we know if restrictions change?

Council will ensure that residents are notified of any change in restriction by delivering posters throughout the Dannevirke township, updating the water signage outside Dannevirke New World and by sharing the information on the Council website, Facebook and the local Bush Telegraph newspaper.

How can I reduce my household water use?

  • Check out the Council website for basic water saving tips (or search the web for more in-depth tips).
  • Check for leaks and call Council if they’re in public land (e.g. road reserve) or if they aren’t being fixed.
    • Note that property owners are responsible for fixing leaks within their property boundaries, although Council does have powers under the Building Act to ensure these are addressed appropriately.
  • Consider installing water harvesting systems to capture rainwater for outdoor use.

For the latest updates on water restrictions

 

Thursday 1 April: Water Restrictions Eased

Recent rainfall and the ongoing conservation efforts of Tararua District residents means that levels are at a point where Council can ease water restrictions across the district.

Effective from Thursday 1 April, there are no water restrictions in place for all towns in the Tararua District, excluding Akitio.

Akitio will remain on a Total Outdoor Ban until 7 April 2021 (as is normal practice at this time of year for this supply). After 7 April, Akitio will have no restrictions in place.

“Alternate Evening water restrictions have been in place for all towns in the Tararua District (excluding Akitio) since Thursday 4 February 2021, due to rivers being in low flow and weather reports indicating continued dry spells,” explains Mayor Tracey Collis.

“It’s important for us to be proactive in our management of water and respond to the impacts of dry summers we are experiencing,”

“While summer may be over, we’re not out of the woods yet. The extended weather forecast does not include consistent rainfall. Council staff will continue to actively monitor river flows and water consumption, ensuring we are ready to respond as required.”

“We appreciate the ongoing efforts of residents to conserve water and ask everyone continue to be mindful of their consumption, to avoid the need to reinstate restrictions,” says Collis.

For more information about water restrictions, including tips to save water, visit www.tararuadc.govt.nz/water


March 12: Rain is a welcome sight, but we aren’t out of the woods yet

Alternate Evening water restrictions have been in place for all towns in the Tararua District (excluding Akitio) since Thursday 4 February, due to rivers being in low flow and weather reports indicating continued dry spells.

Recent weather in the district including much-needed rain over the past couple of weeks and Household consumption down from the end of February, we are seeing some very positive trends for our water supply.

Council has decided to remain at Alternate Evening restrictions across the district for another two weeks. River levels and reservoirs have topped back up for now and demand has been consistent but not excessive which is fantastic to see.

We will continue to monitor the forecasted weather, river levels, reservoirs and update again in a further 2 weeks.


February 28: Water conservation is crucial, alternate evening restrictions remain

Alternate Evening water restrictions have been in place for all towns in the Tararua District (excluding Akitio) since Thursday 4 February, due to rivers being in low flow and weather reports indicating continued dry spells.

With recent weather in the district reaching highs of 28˚C, Council is seeing evidence that this hike in temperature paired with minimal rainfall is seeing an increase in water usage to “beat the heat”.

While this is expected during periods of hot weather, Council is asking residents to be mindful of their usage, reduce where possible and continue to adhere to the Alternate Evening restrictions (7pm – 9pm).

What are “Alternate Evening” water restrictions?

Hand-held outdoor water use is only permitted between 7pm - 9pm on alternate days, i.e. houses with even street numbers on even days and houses with odd street numbers on odd days.

Council has decided to remain at Alternate Evening restrictions across the district for another two weeks. River levels and reservoirs are stable for now, however with continued dry spells forecast and if water usage trends continue as they are, Council will be forced to escalate water restrictions to the next level, a Total Outdoor Ban.

“We are in a much better position than we were last year thanks to the efforts of staff and every resident who is following the restrictions that are in place. If everyone knew what the restrictions were and adhered to them, it would greatly reduce the likelihood of having to escalate to a Total Outdoor Ban.” explains Mayor Tracey Collis.

“It’s important that we work together and remember that hand-held hosing is only allowed on alternate days between 7pm and 9pm and that filling or refilling pools and usage of sprinklers or soak hoses is restricted at all times.”

Want to reduce your usage? Head to www.tararuadc.govt.nz/10wiseways

 


Thursday, 4 February 2021: Alternate Evening Water Restrictions for the Tararua District

Effective immediately, Alternate Evening (7pm-9pm) water restrictions are now in place for all towns in the Tararua District.

This excludes Akitio where a Total Outdoor Ban is in place until 7 April 2021 (as is normal practice at this time of year for this supply).

 Alternate Evening Restrictions:

Hand-held outdoor water use is only permitted between 7pm - 9pm on alternate days, i.e. houses with even street numbers on even days and houses with odd street numbers on odd days.

Water use has increased across the district by approximately 10% since pre-Christmas (as expected during summer months) and river flows have steadily declined due to a lack of significant rainfall in some areas.

When the rivers are in low flow, this impacts our ability to take water from the various sources. For example, in Woodville, the Mangapapa River is currently at a level where we are unable to draw any water and we are now relying solely on the reserves we have installed (i.e. the Woodville Impounded Supply).

Tararua District Mayor, Tracey Collis, explains “The reserves were built to store water for times of low river flow. Once we are relying on these reserves, water conservation becomes even more crucial.”

“It’s important that we make the move to alternate evenings now rather than wait for a change. If river flows improve, we will definitely look at decreasing restrictions but right now we have to be pro-active in our management of water and respond to the impacts of the hot and dry summer period.”

“This pro-active approach cannot succeed without the support of our residents; we need everyone to be mindful of their consumption and work together to ensure we all have enough for the duration of the summer months.”

If current trends continue as they are, Council may be forced to increase water restrictions to the next level, a Total Outdoor Ban.

Council is actively monitoring water usage and river flows and will review the Alternate Evening restriction in two weeks to determine whether a change in restrictions is warranted.

Residents across the district should consider ways to reduce their use, or supplement use by installing water catchment systems – visit www.tararuadc.govt.nz for more information.

If residents notice a neighbouring property is using water outside of the times and days allowed under this restriction, we encourage you to let them know that there are restrictions in place. Alternatively, people can contact council:

06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110

info@tararuadc.govt.nz

www.facebook.com/tararuadc


Monday, 18 January 2021: High Water Use in Norsewood Tightens Restrictions

Water use in Norsewood has been steadily increasing over the holidays and there is now a need to increase restrictions. 

Norsewood will move to “Alternate Evening” water restrictions, effective immediately. 

This means:

  • Outdoor water use is restricted to between 7pm-9pm
  • Odd numbered houses (1, 3, 7 etc) can use on odd numbered days
  • Even numbered houses (2, 4, 6 etc) can use on even numbered days

Council will continue to monitor water use daily and is urging Norsewood residents to conserve as much water as possible. 

Without a significant drop in water use, Council will need to increase restrictions to a “Total Outdoor Ban” to ensure that there is a continuous supply of water over summer. 

Council will ensure that residents are notified of the change in restriction by delivering posters throughout the Norsewood township, notifying schools and early childcare centres, and by sharing the information on the Council website and Facebook, as well as in the local Bush Telegraph newsletter. 

Residents are encouraged to:

  • Check for leaks and fix them (or report to Council if not on your property) 
  • Check out the Council website for basic water saving tips (or search the web for more in-depth tips)
  • Consider installing water harvesting systems to capture rainwater for outdoor use

Tuesday, 1 December 2020: Alternate Day Restrictions Implemented Early

As we all know, Tararua District experienced a difficult summer last year when it comes to water. Our rural communities dealt with drought conditions and urban users experienced increased water restrictions compared to previous years.  Unfortunately, these conditions are potentially our ‘new normal’ so Council has been reviewing how we need to manage our finite water resources. 

As part of this review we have decided to implement the first level of water restrictions, alternate day use, earlier than usual in order to reduce the risk of more severe restrictions later in summer.

Alternate day restrictions are therefore being implemented district wide from 1 December 2020.

An important note: While it is tempting to see periods of rain as meaning we can ease restrictions, this is not so.  While rain can allow Council to resume its water take it is usually only for short periods of time, sometimes only hours.  Often the rivers become turbid (dirty) meaning water cannot be taken and processed until it settles down and the effect of the rain has often passed by then.  Periods of rain over summer should be seen as opportunities to fill home storage tanks and to not have to water gardens.

Why do we need restrictions at all?

Tararua District Council, like any other significant water user, must obtain a consent to take water from a variety of sources like rivers or bores.  The consent process is managed by Horizons Regional Council.  Each consent provides the limits of water Council can draw given prevailing river flows.  During dry periods over summer some of the consents reduce the amount of water that can be taken, in some cases to zero.

The reductions in allowable water take during dry periods is the reason Council has invested in water storage (reservoirs and impounded supplies) in recent years.  This storage is like insurance to help avoid severe water restrictions across the district.

An example of how important water storage is comes from last summer in Woodville.  Without the outstanding effort of the Woodville community to conserve water, combined with the new storage, Woodville almost certainly would have had the most severe level of water restrictions imposed – emergency use only.

What are the water restriction levels?

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Get ready – No restrictions are enforced, however educational material on water conservation is shared though Councils channels.

Alternate Day – Outdoor water use is restricted to alternate days. Odd numbered days for odd numbered houses and vice versa.

Alternate Evening – Hand-held hoses are only allowed on alternate days between 7pm and 9pm.

Total Outdoor Ban – No outdoor use. All irrigation systems, hoses and sprinklers are banned.

Essential Use Only – Household water is to be used for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene ONLY. (This is subject to the nature and extent of the emergency).

New Water Restriction Signage

As part of reviewing the water shortages of last summer, Council has implemented new water restriction levels and will shortly be installing new signage to let our communities know current restriction levels. 

Council will also keep water restriction levels current on it’s website www.tararuadc.govt.nz/water and notify changes on Facebook. 

While we all hope we don’t experience the same conditions as last summer, Council is taking the prudent approach of commencing low level water restrictions early to try to avoid more severe impacts later in summer. 

If we all play our part in conserving water and following the water restriction levels we are confident the severest of water restrictions can be avoided again this year.