6 May 2013
All water restrictions lifted
Significant rain over the weekend has allowed the Gore District Council to lift all water restrictions that have been in place in Gore and Mataura since January.
Gore district assets general manager Paul Withers said 13mm of rain was recorded in Gore yesterday. This helped recharge the aquifers that feed Gore’s urban water supply at Coopers’ Wells and Jacobstown.
More importantly, there has been significant rain in the head waters of the Mataura River. According to Environment Southland the flow at Gore has risen from 20cumecs, at 8am yesterday, to 181cumecs at 6am today. This had increased to 214cumecs by 8am today.
The cooler weather has also seen water demand drop, Mr Withers said.
This year was the first since 2008 that the Council had to impose a total hosing ban. Mr Withers commended businesses and residents for carefully managing their water use to ensure the urban water supply did not get too critical.
He also thanked residents who experienced unpleasant tasting water, during emergency pumping from the Mataura River, for their patience.