Water lev­els now crit­i­cal

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil water sup­plies across the district are just a notch be­low crit­i­cal lev­els.

Barely a week af­ter ini­tial re­stric­tions were in­tro­duced, there is now a to­tal sprin­kler ban in force.

Mata­mata- Pi­ako District Coun­cil group man­ager Fiona Vessey said this means hand­held hoses only can be used on al­ter­nate days in Hin­uera, Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville, Tahuna, Te Aroha and Te Poi.

‘‘Use hasn’t abated,’’ Ms Vessey said.

The sit­u­a­tion was re­assessed by coun­cil staff last Wed­nes­day, when con­sump­tion reached its peak.

In Mata­mata, water use hit 7000 cu­bic me­tres a day, com­pared to 5500 at the start of the month.

The Coun­cil has bore sites in Mata­mata in ad­di­tion to the main sup­ply and th­ese are in use due to the high de­mand for water.

In Te Aroha about two-thirds of the town sup­ply is be­ing taken from the Wai­hou River, sup­ple­ment­ing moun­tain streams, com­pared to half at the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod in past years.

The 10-day weather forecast shows no sig­nif­i­cant rain for Mata­mata-Pi­ako.

Ms Vessey said the sit­u­a­tion would be re­assessed weekly.

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