Water restrictions begin for stream and well users

23/01/2019 3:56am

As local river levels continue to drop, Nelson City Council has confirmed water restrictions for those taking water directly from streams and wells.

Rivers and streams in the area have met the ‘low flow trigger level’ under the Resource Management Act 1991, which signals the need for water restrictions to be introduced.

From 24 January 2019, residents are required to stop using water for non-essential purposes from the following rivers and streams:

  • Wakapuaka River
  • Teal River
  • Lud River
  • Todd Valley Stream
  • Poorman Valley Stream
  • Hillwood Stream

Water may only be used for essential purposes including firefighting, drinking, watering stock and domestic washing. Water may not be used for crop irrigation, garden watering, washing cars, houses, or driveways.

Council asks for full co-operation from residents in the hope that further restrictions affecting domestic supply won’t be needed. Unless there is significant rain, Council may need to extend restrictions to other catchments and further restrict domestic water takes in the worst affected areas. Affected residents and water permit holders will be advised of the restrictions.

Council will continue to monitor river flows until we receive significant or sustained rainfall, and updates will be posted on Council’s Facebook page and website.

Council recommends those people drawing domestic water from affected catchments arrange an alternative source of domestic water in case of further restrictions.

In the longer term, Council encourages residents to consider other options including rainwater storage tanks.

The restrictions only affect those Nelson residents who take their water directly from the above rivers and streams and their adjoining wells.

It is important to note that the restrictions do not apply to those on the Council reticulated supply. However, all residents are encouraged to use water wisely.