Water restrictions rising

18 January 2024

Let’s make sure our wai does not run dry

Throughout the Tararua district, water usage in the last week has been much higher than average and Council have had to raise (or maintain) restriction levels in some of our towns. Especially in Pahiatua and Eketāhuna demand has been very high. As a result Alternate Day restrictions have been put in place for both towns. This means that that handheld hoses (including sprinklers, and water blasters) are only allowed on alternate days, i.e. houses with even street numbers on even days and houses with odd street numbers on odd days.

Woodville remains on Alternate  Evening Restrictions as demand has not reduced significantly since being raised last week. There is a Total Outdoor Ban in place for Ākitio.

There are currently no water restrictions in place for Dannevirke, however, to avoid possible water restrictions in the near future, water consumption has to be reduced by all.

Our water teams are consistently monitoring the current weather, long-term rain forecast and average consumption, as well as river levels throughout the district.

Water usage in our daily lives adds up fast, meaning that we have had to tap into our stored water. This stored water is critical for getting through long dry periods which could lie ahead of us. The best way to avoid water restrictions, or to have them quickly removed is water conservation, check out www.tararuadc.govt.nz/water for handy water conservation tips.

Please also regularly check the Bush Telegraph, council’s facebook page, and the Water Restrictions Signs in your town to find out what water restriction level you’re in, and make sure you know what each water restriction level means.