Fires and sprin­klers banned

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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.

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