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5 February 2020

Masterton’s garden watering restriction has been eased to allow sprinklers on alternate days, after rain in the Tararua Range boosted flows in the Waingawa River.

Sprinklers can be used at houses with odd numbers on odd-numbered days, and at even-numbered houses on even days. Handheld hoses can continue to be used on any day.

Water restrictions are tied to the level of the river, the source of Masterton’s drinking water, with sprinklers allowed if the flow is above 1,300 l/s.

Masterton District Council Assets and Operations Manager David Hopman said forecast rain indicated the current restriction could stay in place until at least early next week, but he reminded gardeners to monitor restriction levels.

“River levels have increased considerably since the total ban was lifted last week,” he said.

“The situation can change quickly, but we are hopeful of keeping the current restriction in place until after the weekend.

“We appreciate the efforts of householders to conserve water, and we want to respond to the higher flow levels by easing the restriction to sprinklers on alternate days while we can.”