4 May 2016
Water restrictions reminder as dry autumn continues
Gore residents are reminded water restrictions are still in place, as the long spell of fine weather and low river levels puts pressure on the town’s water supply.
The Gore District Council has had level 3 water restrictions in place since early January. Usually by May restrictions would have eased but the prolonged Indian summer means water supply levels remain low.
Level 3 restrictions mean there is a total ban on unattended hoses, sprinklers & garden irrigation systems. Handheld hoses can be used only between 7.00pm and 9.00pm on alternative days.
3 Waters Manager Matt Bayliss said water use figures for last month were essentially the same as in April last year.
"However, the lower river and aquifer levels for this time of year are continuing to put pressure on the town water supply."
The stats for April make for interesting reading. Rainfall for April 2016 was 57mm compared to 107mm for the same period last year, while the average flow of the Mataura River, at Gore, was 18.6cumecs last month compared to 70.6cumecs in 2015.
"This has kept our well levels between half a metre and two metres below where they usually sit during April."
Mr Bayliss said it was important people were still mindful of their water usage and observe the restrictions.
"We monitor the water level in the wells daily and restrictions will be removed or reduced as soon as we can see the water levels beginning to lift," he said.