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The long weekend’s wet weather has enabled Masterton District Council to ease water restrictions to allow garden sprinklers to again be used on alternate days.

Restrictions are linked to flow levels in the Waingawa River, the source of Masterton’s drinking water, and are put in place to protect the health of the river at times of low flow.

The restriction on sprinkler use will remain in place until the end of March, with a complete sprinkler ban put in place if river flow rates fall below 1,300 l/s.

Handheld hoses can be used at any time during sprinkler restrictions, but all watering would be prohibited if flows fall below 1,100l/s.

The Council aims to be responsive to changes in river flow and ease restrictions whenever this is possible.