Water consumed in the city is derived from a small number of bores and the Turitea Dam located in the foothills of the Tararua Ranges.
For residents, Level Two Water Restrictions mean:
- The use of fixed sprinklers and any unattended hoses, garden irrigation systems is prohibited at all times.
- Hand held hoses can only be used between 7pm and 9pm on odd numbered days for those who live at odd numbered addresses, and even numbered days for those who live at even numbered addresses.
Water asset engineer Dora Lou says we've had hardly any rainfall since the 5th of February.
"Throughout summer water usage, in the city, has been carefully monitored and Level Two restrictions have only been introduced following detailed analysis of the situation and weather forecasts."
"We believe it is prudent to introduce Level 2 Water Restrictions at this time and we're asking residents to reduce water use/consumption to prevent a more serious situation from occurring."
Dora Lou says the decision has been based on a number of factors:
- The water level in the Turitea Dam is currently about 1.8m below spillway in the upper dam and the water level is lowering at the rate of about 0.2m/day.
- The long-term weather forecast is not looking overly promising. A small amount of rain is predicted for this Sunday / Monday however, it is unlikely to be sufficient to replenish the dam.
Dora Lou says Palmerston North City Council and staff are taking steps to limit the use of water at council facilities, gardens and lawns. "This measure will have a very noticeable effect across the city."
"We'll continue to monitor water consumption in case further restrictions are required. And, contingency planning is underway should there be a major problem with one of our water sources."
Meanwhile, Ashhurst, Longburn and Bunnythorpe residents are being advised that while no restrictions are currently in place, Council staff are monitoring the situation and if the dry weather continues water restrictions may be required.