Following yesterday’s meeting of the Dry Weather Task Force, the following restrictions for water permit holders will be in effect from Monday 17 February 2020.

Stage One restrictions (20% cut in water take) will apply to all Golden Bay water permit holders, except those under specific resource consent conditions. 

Stage One restrictions (20% cut in water take) will apply in Wangapeka, Tapawera Plains, Glen Rae, Tadmor, Wai-iti Zone (excluding the Wai-iti Dam service Zone), Moutere Eastern Groundwater and Moutere Western Groundwater.  

Stage Two restrictions (35% cut in water take) will apply in the Motupiko zone.

Permit holders in the Waimea Plains not affiliated to the Waimea Community Dam:

  • Stage Four restrictions (70% cut in water take) will apply in Delta, Reservoir, Upper Catchments, Waimea West, Upper Confined, Golden Hills, the Lower Confined Aquifer and Hope Eastern Hills.

 

Permit holders in the Waimea Plains affiliated to the Waimea Community Dam:

  • Stage Three restrictions (50% cut in water take) will apply in the Delta, Reservoir, Upper Catchments, Waimea West, Upper Confined and Golden Hills.
  • Stage Two restrictions (35% cut in water take) will apply in the Lower Confined Aquifer and Hope Eastern Hills.

A cease take remains in place for the Moutere Surface Zone.

A cease take for the Dove River will begin from Monday 17 February.

Public Reticulated supply restrictions

Effective from Monday 17 February, Phase B restrictions will be in place for Richmond, Hope, Brightwater, Redwood Valley, Eighty-Eight Valley, Dovedale and Māpua/Ruby Bay.

Under Phase B restrictions you can’t water the lawns, fill or top up your pool or use water for play activities. You can still water veggie gardens and fruit trees with a handheld hose, timer system or bucket. Watering your amenity gardens and trees is only permitted every second day, again using a handheld hose or timer system (if your street address is an even number, water on even numbered days and likewise for odd numbers).

Phase A restrictions will be in place for Wakefield and Tapawera. Residents are not permitted to fill swimming pools, but they can be topped up. Watering grass and lawns is not allowed but as long as you use a hand-held hose you can still water your plants and veggie gardens, wash buildings and cars.

These restrictions apply to homes, businesses and public organisations in the affected areas.

The Dry Weather Taskforce will meet again next week (Tuesday 18 Feb) to assess the developing situation and review the restrictions in place.

Dennis Bush-King, Task Force Convenor says although there is a possibility of some rain in the next two weeks, confidence in that forecast is not high.

“We’ll need to continue to manage our water resources as best we can, until we receive a significant amount of rain. People should prepare for restrictions to stay in place over the next two weeks and longer if we don’t get rain.

“We appreciate this will impact on those with livestock and market gardens. While other crops will soon be starting harvesting, they will also be concerned. Urban users will also have to respond to the emerging drought conditions.”

Dennis Bush-King said that soil moisture conditions were very low, 13% in Golden Bay and 19% in Waimea but fortunately salt readings are not increasing yet. 

“We are about two weeks behind where we were last year and the rain we got in December was very helpful.”

Information and support is available from MPI for those managing the needs of livestock. Visit their website for details.(external link)