12 January 2015
Fire and water restrictions in place
Falling river levels have forced the Gore District Council to initiate this summer’s first round of water restrictions, while the Southern Rural Fire Authority has a total fire ban in place for parts of the Gore District.
Level 2 water restrictions were today put in place for Gore after the Mataura River flow, at Gore, dropped to 13 cubic metres per second (cumecs).
The restrictions mean the use of hoses, sprinklers and irrigation systems is only allowed on alternate days, between 7.00pm and 9.00pm. Therefore if a person’s address is an even number they can water their garden on even numbered days, and vice versa for odd numbered properties.
With little rainfall predicted in the near future it is important for everyone to conserve water, 3 Waters Technical Officer Tony Mearns said.
"We had good water levels in our wells prior to Christmas. However, the prolonged hot, dry spell has seen water usage steadily increase.”
Being water-wise now will help ensure there is enough water for everyone to use, Mr Mearns said.
Gore’s water use rose to 4160 cubic metres a day between December 11 and January 11. This compares to 4078 cubic metres a day the previous month.
Mataura residents are also urged to conserve water. While there are no restrictions in place at present, the dry conditions may impact on the Pleura Stream that feeds into the dam, Mr Mearns said.
More information about water restrictions and water saving tips can be found on our Be Water Wise page.
Eastern areas of the Gore District are included in the Southern Rural Fire Authority's total fire ban. Other parts of the district are subject to a restricted fire season, which means a permit is needed to light an open fire.
The fire ban, which includes Northern Southland, the Catlins, Tapanui and Glendu, means no open fires are permitted.
For more information about the fire ban and restricted season go to www.southernruralfire.org.nz.