29 January 2015
Water restrictions at Level 3
The Gore District Council has ramped up water restrictions for Gore and Mataura to level 3.
This means there is a total ban on unattended hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems. Handheld hoses can be used only between 7.00pm and 9.00pm on alternative days - that is even numbered properties on even days and vice versa.
3 Waters Technical Officer Tony Mearns said with no real relief to the drought conditions in the long range rainfall forecast, it was decided to move from level 2 to level 3 restrictions.
“February and March are traditionally our driest months so we need to act now to make sure everyone has enough water to get through the summer.”
Water usage in Gore and Mataura was still relatively high. The average daily water use this month to date has been 4446 cubic metres. This compares to 4051m3 a day in December, Mr Mearns said.
He urged residents to think about their water usage and conserve water where possible – “even just a small change in water usage habits can make a big difference”.
Saving water is as easy as:
- Watering the garden at cooler times of the day to minimise evaporation and water wastage.
- Collecting the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, and then reusing it to water houseplants.
- Washing your car with a bucket of water on the lawn, which means you water your lawn at the same time.
- Reporting broken pipes, open hydrants and errant sprinklers to the property owner or the Council.
- Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth, saving 10L of water a minute.
- Rinse and peel vegetables in a bowl or sink instead of running them under the tap – you could save up to 10L every minute.
- Collect your shower water in a bucket for later use on shrubs, flower gardens etc.