Re­duce wa­ter use now, pleads coun­cil

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

The Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict coun­cil says wa­ter use in Mata­mata and Te Poi still needs to drop.

‘‘We en­cour­age peo­ple to wa­ter the gar­den on al­ter­nate days, even street num­bers wa­ter on even days, and odd street num­bers wa­ter on odd days,’’ the coun­cil’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion ad­viser Adele Pre­ston said.

Mata­mata moved to level two wa­ter re­stric­tions on Jan­uary 27.

Pre­ston said it usu­ally took a week or so for peo­ple to no­tice the new level of re­stric­tions and then change their be­hav­iour to re­flect the change.

Mata­mata was on level four re­stric­tions, the high­est level in Mata­mata, in 2013. This meant there was a to­tal wa­ter­ing ban.

‘‘If ev­ery­one con­serves wa­ter wher­ever pos­si­ble then hope­fully we will not reach level four this sum­mer,’’ Pre­ston said.

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