Water restrictions for Levin start on Monday
As summer gets into full swing, water restrictions have come into force again.
Level 1 restrictions will be in place for Levin and O¯ hau from Monday, December 17 until further notice.
Horowhenua District Council said the restrictions are due to flows in the O¯ hau River dropping below 2500 litres per second and town water demand at above 10,000 cubic metres per day.
Level 1 means for private gardens, soaker hoses and garden sprinklers may only be used from 5am to 7am and from 7pm to 9pm.
Houses with even street numbers can use them only on even-numbered dates, while houses with odd street numbers can use them on odd dates.
Handheld hoses, watering cans or buckets can be used at any time.
In public parks, public gardens and road reserves, sprinklers and soak hoses will be allowed for four hours every other day if using the town supply.
Any hosing of paved areas is not allowed under the restrictions unless cleaning is required as a result of an accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency, the council said. New signs around the district have been installed with water droplets illustrating the level of water restriction in place for that area.
Suggested water saving tips:
■ Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving.
■ Check your toilet cistern, taps, and pipes for leaks or overflow.
■ Use a bucket of water and a soft sponge or mop for outdoor cleaning jobs.
■ Sweep up garden waste, rather than hosing it away.
■ Do only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
■ Take shorter showers.
■ Use a bowl or plug in the sink when washing vegetables or hand-washing dishes.
■ Install a dual-flush toilet cistern.
Level 1 water restrictions begin for Levin and O¯ hau on Monday.