Rain or no rain, water use restrictions prevail
Due to prolonged dry weather and the increase in people watering their gardens, South Waikato District Council has introduced water restrictions.
Sprinklers are banned and hand-held watering devices are permitted only from 6am till 8am and 6pm till 8pm.
Should the situation worsen there will be a complete ban on outdoor watering.
‘‘While the weather has fore- cast rain this week, this does not necessarily mean that restrictions will be lifted,’’ said council services manager Andrew Pascoe. ‘‘The restrictions will remain in place until such time as water table levels have been replenished.’’
Mr Pascoe said Arapuni was the worst affected area.
‘‘Pumps are running 24/7 to keep up with demand in Arapuni. Residents need to curb their water use to avoid breaching the resource consent limit.’’
The council will keep people updated.
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