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The Gore District Council (GDC) is calling for water savings in the face of plummeting reservoir levels.
GDC utilities manager, Ross Haslemore, said Gore residents were using more water than could be pumped from the wells to replenish the towns water supplies.
‘‘Last week water usage exceeded 5000 cubic metres a day. We need to drop this to 4000 cu m per day to give the wells time to recharge if we're going to avoid water restrictions,'' Mr Haslemore said.
A total hosing ban is now in place and the Council is pumping water from the Mataura River to supplement both Gore and Mataura supplies.
Those found to be abusing restrictions may face prosecution and have a water meter installed at their property.
Mr Haslemore said residents must reduce the amount of water used by 20%. ‘‘If everyone plays their part, then we should be able to avoid further restrictions.''
‘‘We're trying to lead by example, so council street plots will now be watered once instead of three times a week.''
‘‘A lot of wasted water is poured straight down the drain. If everyone thinks before they turn on the tap we'll hopefully be able to avoid further water restrictions.''
Council staff were happy to talk with residents about how they could reduce water use.