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A lack of rain in recent days has forced Masterton District Council to re-introduce tighter water restrictions.

Sprinkler use is now banned – only hand-held hoses may be used.

Restrictions are linked to flow levels in the Waingawa River, the source of Masterton’s drinking water.

Rain is currently forecast for the latter part of this week which may allow restrictions to be eased.

Restrictions are publicised on the Council’s website, Facebook page and Instagram account @MastertonDC, and through the free Antenno app (available through the Apple Appstore and Google Play).

There are also Council billboards on Chapel Street, near the fire station, Dixon Street, near Kuripuni, and at the entrance of the Masterton transfer station.