Water use restricted

The first stage of water restrictions are now in place for the entire Clutha district.

Council district assets manager Jules Witt said the ''Stage One - Summer Mode'' restriction, which came into effect on Monday, meant watering was restricted to between the hours of 8pm to 8am. Watering systems and sprinklers may be used during these times, but should not be left unattended and the resident must ensure that water is not being used wastefully.

Mr Witt said that while it might seem strange to have water restrictions, given the recent wet weather, the minor restrictions were more about getting people into the habit of using water conservatively and hopefully avoiding more severe restrictions if dry conditions did prevail throughout summer.

Exemptions may be granted by the council on a case-by-case basis to commercial properties.