Fires and sprinklers banned
A total fire ban and sprinkler ban are in effect in Porirua and the wider region.
A fire ban in Porirua was declared by principal rural fire officer Peter Chapman on Friday.
Meanwhile, the regional council imposed a sprinkler ban on Saturday as the latest spell of dry weather kept water levels low.
All fires in the open air are banned within rural and urban areas until further notice.
‘‘Substantial rainfall will be required before the ban can be lifted,’’ Mr Chapman said. The only exceptions are: Ethnic cooking fires in accordance with the conditions of a special permit Gas-fired barbecues Charcoal fuelled barbecues lit within the confines of a residential property.
Anyone wanting to apply for a special permit for an open air fire will need to contact Mr Chapman.
Meanwhile, household use of garden sprinklers, irrigation systems and other forms of unattended watering are not permitted anytime.
While people may still water by hand, councils may impose a total ban on household use of hoses if the situation worsens.
The regional council was expecting to start using stored water from lakes on the weekend and activate a further take from the Hutt River early this week.