Napier residents are asked to restrict sprinkler and hose use from Monday, 7 January, because water demand has increased sharply in the past few days.
Napier City Council has moved to Level Two restrictions, which means sprinklers and hoses should only be used between 6am and 8am, and 7pm and 9pm, by residents and owners/occupiers of even numbered houses/properties on even days of the month, and odd numbered houses on odd days of the month.
Council decides to move to water restrictions when one or both of the following criteria are met: when demand is likely to be exceeding the supply, and when minimum storage is likely to be not maintained. At Level Two, the daily demand is between 70% and 80% of production capacity for three consecutive days.
Restrictions will apply until further notice.
Council thanks the community’s efforts to conserve water to date, and is also doing what it can to conserve water.
Most street garden beds and Council gardens, for example, have moved to an automated watering system which runs in the early hours of the morning.
Parks and reserves are on a reduced water regime, although sportsgrounds watering has to be carefully managed, as if they become too dry they become unusable.
All Council watering systems have been audited and a water conservation strategy is in development.
15 January 2019
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