Area water lev­els ‘very se­ri­ous’

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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.

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