16 February 2018

Mataura reservoir level low again

The Gore District Council warns it may have to start emergency pumping from the river to supplement Mataura’s water supply, if the rain forecast for this weekend doesn’t arrive.

With no significant rainfall over the last week the Pleura Dam, which provides water for Mataura, has continued to drop.

3 Waters Manager Matt Bayliss said the Council has been taking water from the Waikana Stream to supplement the flow from the dam.

“We are holding off pumping from the Mataura River for as long as possible, particularly as there is rain forecast for the weekend.”

However, if the rain does not eventuate and the flow from the dam drops to a critical level, the Council may have to start emergency pumping from the river over the weekend, Mr Bayliss said.

He expects any noticeable change in the taste of the water to take about 24 hours from when pumping starts.

“If we start emergency pumping we will let residents know via our social media and website.” 

Mr Bayliss said water consumption in Mataura has remained steady over the past two weeks, averaging 1080 cubic metres a day. As a result, the Council does not need to increase water restrictions at this stage. 

In Gore the aquifer that feeds Cooper’s Wells (the town’s main water supply) is at a relatively comfortable level following the significant rainfall two weeks ago. Consequently, water restrictions for the town are likely to remain on Level 2 in the short term.

Nevertheless, residents in Mataura and Gore are urged to continue to conserve water.

NB: Level 2 mean the use of hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems is restricted to alternate days between 7.00pm and 9.00pm ie even street numbers on even days.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: