6 December 2013

Water restrictions in place for Gore

The Gore District Council has put in place the first of this summer’s water restrictions after weekend rainfall failed to recharge Gore’s water supply wells.

The level 2 restrictions take effect from today and mean unattended hoses, sprinklers, garden irrigation systems and handheld hoses can be used between 7pm and 9pm, only on alternate days. Therefore, residents with an even street number can water their garden on even numbered days of the week, and vice versa.

Well levels low

3 Waters Asset Manager Sarah Dowling said the water level at Cooper’s Wells and Jacobstown was lower than at the same time last year. The Council has already started emergency pumping water from the Mataura River to the Jacobstown Well to supplement the supply, she said.

Miss Dowling urged residents to conserve water – “if everyone can be slightly better with their water use, it all adds up”.

Water facts:

The Council has a year round ban on the use of sprinklers between 9am and 5pm. There are four levels of water restrictions:

  • Level one - 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 late 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.

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