Record lows drive prolonged water restrictions
Water restrictions stay on in Tauranga, crossing into April for the first time in recent years.
Continued low flow in the streams that supply Tauranga’s drinking water means water restrictions remain necessary to relieve pressure on the streams.
Tauranga City Council director of city waters Stephen Burton says it's unprecedented to have restrictions coming into April, however, as rain has done little to restore flow levels in our streams, they remain necessary.
"One look at the state of the flow over the weir for the Tautau tells a thousand words," he says.
"We would have loved to be able to announce the lifting of restrictions at this stage, but we need to care for stream health and safeguard continued supply."
To accommodate the change in daylight hours due to the end of daylight savings, recommended hours for watering will change.
You can now water gardens by handheld hose or watering can, between 5am and 8am and 5pm and 8pm.
"We will continue to work with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to assess the impact of drought conditions and water levels in the region on our source water supplies."
More information about water conservation can be found at www.tauranga.govt.nz/savingwater