7 February 2018

Water restrictions eased

The Gore District Council has eased water restrictions for Gore and Mataura to level 2 following the recent rainfall.

Both towns had been on level 4 restrictions since early January as the south sweltered under record high temperatures.

However, the situation has eased following last week’s rain and subsequent cooler temperatures.

3 Waters Asset Manager Matt Bayliss said the reservoirs have returned to normal operating levels and daily water use for both towns has eased.

In Gore water consumption over the last three days has averaged 3300m³ a day compared to January’s daily average of 3700m³.

“A number of times we exceeded 4000m³ a day in Gore, that’s 4million litres.”

In Mataura the average water use over the last three days has been 1000 m3 per day compared to a daily average of 1250m³ last month.

With the reservoirs back to normal levels, the Council has stopped emergency pumping from the Mataura River.

The water tanks in Gore and Mataura, supplied to provide drinking water for residents who noticed a change in the taste of their water, will be removed over the next few days.

Mr Bayliss thanked residents for their patience and understanding over the last few weeks.

“It’s good to be able to ease water restrictions. However, we could still get a hot spell of weather so we would appreciate it if residents were careful with their water use,” he said.

Level 2 water restrictions mean people can use hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems on alternate days, that is even street numbers of even days, between 7.00pm and 9.00pm.


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