26 April 2013
Emergency pumping stopped but hosing ban still in place
The Gore District Council has stopped pumping water from the Mataura River to supplement its urban water supply sources.
However, the total hosing ban remains in place at present.
District assets general manager Paul Withers said the recent rainfall has seen river levels rise, albeit slightly, and discolour the water. This has prompted the Council to stop emergency pumping.
In the last three days 21.4mm of rain has been recorded in Gore. Residents still need to conserve water though, he said.
Fire ban lifted
Gore district residents are also advised that the total fire ban will be lifted at 9am tomorrow (Saturday, 27 April). A restricted fire season remains in place, which means no fires are allow in the open without a written permit from a rural fire officer, except in certain circumstances.