Level 3 water restrictions are being introduced at Waimārama this week.
Hastings District Council three waters manager, Steve Cave said the restrictions were being applied from today in order to conserve water for the weeks ahead.
“While it has been a wet spring, and as a result water use is not as high as usual, the Waimārama population swells over summer, which puts pressure on the springs that supply water to the township,” said Mr Cave.
“By limiting water use it will help ensure everyone has enough water over summer.”
The Level 3 restriction applies to all homes in Waimārama that are connected to a public water supply.
Under Level 3, sprinkler use is banned – only hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days between the hours of 6am and 8am, and 7pm and 9pm.
Council says no further restrictions are being applied to the rest of Hastings, which remains at Level 1 at this stage due to moderate use, the river levels being high and the forecast indicating more rain over the coming weeks.
Council will continue to monitor the situation, and advise the community if there’s any change.
In the meantime, water conservation is still being encouraged to reduce the impact of high water use on the aquifer, rivers and streams.