Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Level 2 Water Restrictions for Palmerston North City and Lin

Level 2 Water Restrictions for Palmerston North City and Linton

Following a very dry February and the driest March on record, Palmerston North City Council will introduce Level Two Water Restrictions from tomorrow.

Water asset engineer, Dora Lou says there has been no significant rain for almost eight weeks.

We’ve managed to hold off on introducing restrictions until now for two main reasons:

· Following last summer’s drought, Council invested in the city’s artesian bores thereby reducing reliance on the Turitea dams (upper and lower).

· More and more residents are becoming aware that water is a finite resource and that we need to use it wisely.

“While these efforts have significantly delayed the introduction of water restrictions they’re still no match for the conditions we now find ourselves in,” says Dora.

As at midday Friday 3 April, 2014 the Upper Turitea Dam water level was at 3.7 metres below the spillway.

Dora Lou says the current daily demand is around 30,000 m3, which is 20% higher than the same time last year when Level 2 Water restrictions were in place. Dora says the evening peak is high which indicates significant outdoor water consumption.

Therefore we are left with no choice but to introduce Level 2 water restrictions as of tomorrow, Saturday 5th April.

Unattended hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems cannot be used.

Handheld hoses can only be used between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm on alternate days as follows:
Houses with even street numbers on even dates
Houses with odd street numbers on odd dates.

Dora Lou says the reason we’re introducing Level 2 Water Restrictions as opposed to Level 1 Water Restrictions is because we do not believe Level 1 will be effective given the cooler April weather. We will closely monitor the water demand, city storage and the weather forecast to decide whether further restrictions are required.

“The weather forecast for next week is for rain,” says Dora, “However, it is not expected to be significant.”

Palmerston North City Council and staff are taking steps to limit the use of water at Council facilities, gardens and lawns.

Ashhurst, Longburn and Bunnythorpe have no restrictions currently in place. However, if the dry weather continues water restrictions may be required.

Dora Lou says two consecutive dry summers and autumns are ringing alarm bells for Council officers and the wider community. “We all need to understand that water is a finite resource and that we all need to conserve water,” she says.

Level Two Water restrictions do not apply to those who operate privately owned bores that utilise artesian water such as schools or the Council owned bore at the Hokowhitu Lagoon.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news