Area water levels ‘very serious’
Matamata-Piako District Council is urgently asking residents to save water as the water situation in the district nears critical level.
The council is stepping up enforcement of the sprinkler ban to ensure that the district continues to have enough water for essential purposes.
‘‘There is no rain in the long range forecast until early next month, and at least three or four days of slow, steady rain would be required to make any difference to the current water situation,’’ said group manager service delivery Fiona Vessey.
‘‘We are nearing the stage where we will have to increase the sprinkler ban to a ban on all non- essential water use, such as domestic hosing, waterblasting and car washing.’’
Council staff are now patrolling urban areas to identify properties using sprinklers.
They have also reduced their own water use, removing the hanging baskets from Morrinsville, turning off fountains and allowing the flower beds to die off.
‘‘ The situation is very serious, particularly in Morrinsville and Matamata where the reservoir levels are very low,’’ said Mrs Vessey.
‘‘ As of next week we will be supplementing the Morrinsville water supply with water from Fonterra. While this will ensure we can meet the essential needs of the Morrinsville community, it does come at a cost, which is ultimately funded by ratepayers.’’
See mpdc.govt.nz for updates and suggestions on how to save water.