28 March 2013
Mataura River level continues to fall
Total hosing ban possible
Gore and Mataura residents could face a total hosing ban this week if the Mataura River continues to drop at the present rate.
Gore District Council district assets general manager Paul Withers said the urban water supply wells are just holding their own although the Council was supplementing the Jacobstown well with water from the Mataura River.
The Council has emergency water take consents from Environment Southland to supplement the Gore and Mataura water supplies when the sources are not providing sufficient water to meet community needs. Jacobstown's emergency supply consent allows the Council to extract up to 900m3 a day from the river for this purpose.
With no rainfall of any significance on the horizon, Mr Withers stressed the need for people to conserve water over the Easter break.
The present level 3 water restriction allows only hand-held hosing of gardens, between 7pm and 9pm on alternate days.
"I have noticed a few people using a hose to wash their cars, which is definitely not on. I'd rather see dirty cars around the town than have no water."
If the Mataura River continues to fall at the rate it has in the last few days, it is likely there will be a total hosing ban enforced, Mr Withers said.
The river flow at Gore was down to 10.3 cumecs last week.
Mr Withers congratulated people for alerting the Council to leaks around the town and said essential services staff have been working hard to attend to all the reports received.