Infrastructure support team leader Sarah Thomson next to
one of three signs recently installed to advise residents
about water restrictions in the Lake Hayes area. Photo
Water restrictions are now in force for users on the Lake
Hayes Scheme, and roadside signs have been installed to inform
residents. The restrictions apply to residents of Lake Hayes
Estate, Ladies Mile, the Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Rd and Speargrass
Last week the Queenstown Lakes District Council launched a
campaign to educate people about the cost of water and how to
save money by using less.
The restrictions at Lake Hayes include using timers to water
for half an hour between midnight and 6am, hand-held hoses
from 6am to noon and no irrigation from noon to midnight.
Council infrastructure general manager Erik Barnes said the
restriction was being monitored for use throughout the
Mr Barnes said the council was reluctant to enforce an entire
ban for Lake Hayes and last year this was not necessary
because of the conservation efforts of the community.
''That's the way we want to keep it but at the end of the day
the council has no choice but to ensure that appropriate
amounts of water are available for firefighting purposes.
''If we get below that point we will need to impose a ban.''
Council chief executive Adam Feeley said water in the
Queenstown Lakes District was an issue of capacity as the
pipes were small relative to the number of people using them
at peak capacity.
Speaking at the general council meeting yesterday, Mr Feeley
said the ''communications exercise'' and water campaign had
the potential to change people's behaviour but, if not, other
avenues such as metering would have to be investigated. In
coming months the council expected to have ''some
indication'' of whether people's habits were changing.