Level 4 water restrictions are now in place for Akaroa, Duvauchelle and Takamatua on Banks Peninsula as very dry conditions put pressure on water supplies.
Level 4 restrictions are a total hosing ban, meaning people cannot use water outside their homes. The use of hand-held hoses, unattended hoses, sprinklers, and garden irrigation systems is not allowed. Using water to fill pools or paddling pools is also not allowed.
Christchurch City Council Head of Three Waters and Waste Helen Beaumont says a rapid drop in the streams that supply water to parts of Banks Peninsula has prompted the highest level of restrictions.
“The streams that supply drinking water to Akaroa, Duvauchelle and Takamatua have dropped very suddenly following the recent extreme temperatures and drying north-westerly winds, and similar conditions are forecast to continue this month,” she says.
“We’ve introduced restrictions to help maintain a water supply to people living, working and visiting in these areas.
“By reducing the demand for water, we can hopefully ensure a fair supply for everyone over the coming weeks.”
The Council has set up electronic signs at the entrances to Akaroa, Duvauchelle and Takamatua to advise residents and visitors about the water restrictions and will also be delivering flyers in the areas.
Gardens can still be watered by collecting indoor water already used for washing vegetables, dish washing or bathing.
Level 4 restrictions will remain in place until further notice.
For updates, visit ccc.govt.nz/WaterRestrictions or call 0800 800 169.
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