While the rain prior to Christmas left the rivers and aquifers at quite healthy levels for this time of the year, the dry windy conditions since then have seen them start to decline.

The current weather conditions will also mean more water use, especially crop irrigation will be needed around the district.

The Dry Weather Taskforce is scheduled to meet tomorrow, Tuesday 21 January, to assess the situation and make decisions about any water restrictions that maybe needed.

Taskforce convenor Dennis Bush-King says, “With no rain promised in the 14 day extended forecast, we believe we’ll reach the trigger levels for water restrictions in the next couple of weeks. There’s also the possibility of restrictions for some specific resource consent holders being needed sooner than that in some parts of the District.”

This year water restrictions follow a different format for homes, businesses and organisations on the public water network. These are clearly explained here.

For those that hold a resource consent to use water, Council will release details using the same process as in the past, through the website, media release, and by letter to explain the applicable restrictions.

“Permits holder should be familiar with the terms of their consent and be prepared as best they can to respond to drying conditions.”

“We ask everyone who has access to a private bore or to the Council water supply to please reduce your water use as much as you can, every drop counts.”