19 February 2013

Total sprinkler ban for Gore in place

The Gore District Council is moving to the next level of water restrictions as continued fine weather puts pressure on the wells that feed Gore's municipal supply.

A total sprinkler ban has been imposed, effective today, with only hand-held hosing allowed.

3 Waters Asset Manager Sarah Dowling said the Mataura River water level was continuing to drop. This, combined with the fine weather forecast this week, has prompted the need to move to level 3 water restrictions.

"The falling river level and lack of rain means the aquifers that feed the Council's wells are not replenishing as quickly as they should be, which is why we have had to introduce further water conservation measures," she said.

It has been three weeks since the Council initiated water restrictions to take pressure off the municipal water supply sources, Coopers Wells and Jacobstown.

District Assets General Manager Paul Withers commended residents for their water conservation to date but warned there was no room for complacency, as shown by the need to step up restrictions to level 3.

Level 2 restrictions remain in place in Mataura, he said.

Water facts:

Water restrictions are staggered from

  • Level one - a public warning to conserve water,
  • Level two - hosing on alternative days,
  • Level three - total sprinkler ban, and
  • Level four - total hosing ban.

Water Saving Tips

  • Water the highest parts of the garden first then any run off will go to the lower dry areas.
  • Dig a small trench around trees to help retain water.
  • Watering in the early morning or evening reduces water lost to evaporation.
  • Sweep paths and drive ways instead of washing them.
  • Take shorter showers, every minute less saves seven litres of water.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing teeth or shaving, a running tap wastes 10 litres per minute.
  • Put the plug in the sink when preparing vegetables and save up to 10 litres per minute.
  • Using a bucket to wash the car instead of the hose, saves up to 125 litres of water.

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