A sprinkler ban has been enacted in all Thames-Coromandel District Council water supply areas except Thames township after a surge in water use during the Christmas holiday period.
Council said that due to the high water demand that has resulted from the increased population across the entire district over the holiday period, it had become necessary to ban sprinkler use.
A sprinkler ban applies to residents in Hahei, Coromandel Town, Matarangi, Whitianga, Tairua, Pauanui, Onemana and Whangamata – where locals can use hand-held hoses only.
“This mens a total ban on the use of all sprinklers, unattended hoses and irrigation systems. Hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days,” Council said in a statement.
“If your address is an even number you can use your hose on even numbered days, and vice versa for odd numbered houses.”
Meanwhile, Thames remains on Level 2 water restrictions – ‘Conserve Water’ meaning residents and visitors are asked to keep using water carefully to ensure local supply continues.
Council also issued a reminder that Thames Valley has a permanent total watering ban in place.