Water levels now critical
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.