Water restrictions for Christchurch to make sure sufficient is saved for firefighting – NZ Herald

No water can be utilized outside on any day between 3pm and 9pm. Photograph / Equipped

Water restrictions have been rolled out throughout Christchurch to make sure firefighters have sufficient water saved.

From Thursday, using hoses, sprinklers and backyard irrigation techniques is permitted solely on alternate days.

No water can be utilized outside on any day between 3pm and 9pm.

A number of consecutive days of sizzling climate are forecast for the town, with little rain predicted within the long-term forecast, Christchurch Metropolis Council head of three waters and waste Helen Beaumont stated.

That is anticipated to push up demand for water and put the town’s water provide community underneath excessive strain.

“After we get back-to-back days of excessive temperatures, we wrestle to get water by the community quick sufficient to fulfill peak demand.

“Meaning there is a danger that we will not preserve supplying consuming water at a relentless move and strain, which might create issues within the community. There’s additionally the chance that we can’t have sufficient water in reserve to battle fires if we have to.”

Beneath the restrictions, residents at odd-numbered addresses can water their gardens earlier than 3pm or after 9pm on odd dates and residents at even-numbered addresses can water earlier than 3pm or after 9pm on even dates.

Beaumont stated the council is holding an in depth watch on the climate and the town’s water use.

“We’re monitoring the climate forecasts and the town’s water use each day. If we have to, we’ll transfer to a better stage of restrictions.”

Stage 2 water restrictions had been launched final month in Akaroa, Duvauchelle and Takamatua on Banks Peninsula.

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