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Water restrictions for South Hokianga

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South Hokianga residents are being asked to conserve water as a precaution against expected shortages later in the summer.

Level 2 water restrictions will be imposed across the area on 24 December. This is later than in previous years and is due to significant rainfall early in the month

General Manager - Infrastructure and Asset Management Andy Finch is asking residents to stop using automatic water sprinklers and non-handheld hosepipes, and to be mindful of their overall water use during the summer.

"In recent summers we have had to introduce these restrictions at the beginning of December. Due to recent rainfall, we have been able to delay them for more than three weeks. I’m urging all South Hokianga residents connected to Council water supplies to remember that waterways feeding our Opononi-Omapere and Rawene-Omanaia water supply schemes are very sensitive to drought," he says.

The Level 2 restrictions mean that it is illegal for South Hokianga residents connected to Council water supplies to use automatic or unattended garden hoses, sprinklers and irrigation devices.

"We know that extra demands will be placed on Hokianga water supplies over summer, and we’ve seen some evidence of that starting already this year. Reducing water consumption now can delay, or avoid altogether, the need for more stringent restrictions later."

Mr Finch added that the Council is improving water supplies to the area. "Construction of a new $2.8 million water treatment plant for Rawene-Omanaia begins in January, and will include building extra raw-water storage facilities to reduce demand on the Petaka Stream during dry weather."

Residents can apply for an exemption from water restrictions. These will be granted only in exceptional circumstances. Applicants must demonstrate significant hardship and have no practical alternative water source in order to be exempted. For more details and to apply for an exemption, go to

Find more on water restrictions in your area and tips on saving water on the Be Waterwise Whakanuia to whakaaro ki te wai website

To tell the Council about water leaks or breaches to water restrictions phone 0800 920 029.

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