The Gore District Council has imposed a total sprinkler ban
for the town.
Council water asset manager Sarah Dowling said recent dry
weather had put pressure on the wells that fed Gore's
municipal supply, so a total sprinkler ban was in force. Only
hand-held hosing is allowed.
Ms Dowling said the Mataura River level was continuing to
drop. Combined with the fine weather forecast, that
necessitated imposing level-three water restrictions.
''The falling river level and lack of rain means the aquifers
that feed the council's wells are not replenishing as quickly
as they should be, which is why we have had to introduce
further water conservation measures.''
It has been three weeks since the council initiated water
restrictions to take pressure off the municipal water supply
sources - Coopers Wells and Jacobstown.
District assets general manager Paul Withers commended
residents for conservation, but said there was no room for
Level two restrictions stay in place for Mataura, which
allows hosing, but on alternate days only.