Dry drives re­stric­tions

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Our dis­trict is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing very dry con­di­tions and with a long, dry sum­mer pe­riod pre­dicted Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil has in­tro­duced wa­ter and fire re­stric­tions.

The en­tire Thames Val­ley area (in­clud­ing Mata­mata-Pi­ako, Hau­raki and Thames Coro­man­del dis­tricts) is now in a restricted fire sea­son which means per­mits are re­quired to light any fire in the open air.

Per­mits can be ar­ranged at coun­cil of­fices but at this stage, it is un­likely that any per­mits will be is­sued.

‘‘We ask the com­mu­nity to not light fires as the risk of these get­ting out of con­trol is very high in this dry weather,’’ said deputy ru­ral fire of­fi­cer Mike van Bys­ter­veldt.

‘‘Fires in in­cin­er­a­tors are per­mit­ted, how­ever they should not be left unat­tended. If you do see smoke or a fire dial 111,’’ said Mr van Bys­ter­veldt said.

As well as fire dan­ger, the dry spell has put con­sid­er­able pres­sure on wa­ter sup­plies.

Coun­cil’s group man­ager ser­vice de­liv­ery Fiona Vessey said the in­creased de­mand for wa­ter had forced coun­cil to in­crease wa­ter re­stric­tions to level two.

‘‘ Wa­ter us­age has been very high over the last cou­ple of weeks; we hope that peo­ple can work to­wards con­serv­ing wa­ter now to avoid fur­ther re­stric­tions.’’

Level two wa­ter re­stric­tions mean us­ing hoses and sprin­klers is restricted to al­ter­nate days.

If you live at an even street num­ber you can wa­ter on even dates (e.g. 24 Bloggs St, can wa­ter on Fe­bru­ary 12, 14, 16, 18 etc), and if you live at an odd street num­ber you can wa­ter on un­even dates (e.g. 23 Bloggs St can wa­ter on Fe­bru­ary 13, 15, 17, 19 etc).

The coun­cil asks peo­ple to con­serve wa­ter wher­ever pos­si­ble to help re­duce the pos­si­bil­ity of fur­ther re­stric­tions.

Colour chaos: Cre­ativ­ity won the day at the an­nual Mata­mata Col­lege swim­ming sports on Fri­day with stu­dents dressed up as ev­ery­thing from Thomas the Tank En­gine to the Pope. Stu­dents took to the wa­ter in com­pet­i­tive events and re­lays, while oth­ers cheered them on dressed in their house colours. Nicola Ste­wart was there to check out the ac­tion.

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