Need to continue to restrict water use

Several days before reservoirs at level to meet demand.

Several days before reservoirs at level to meet demand.

A leak in Gisborne’s main water supply pipe has been fixed but water restrictions remain in place over the weekend, Gisborne District Council says.

Contractors yesterday found the leak in the main water supply pipeline along the main road at Makaraka.

The cause of the leak was a failure of the fitting joint, not a deteriorated seal ring as Mayor Meng Foon was reported as saying.

“We’ll be looking at the cause of the failure with the manufacturer,” Gisborne District Council said in a statement.

​A total outdoor water ban (Level 5 restriction) was in place yesterday and was today downgraded to a Level 4 restriction.

“The main water supply from the Waingake treatment plant is now running but it will take several days to restore the city reservoirs to a level that meets demand.

“In the meantime, people will still need to continue to restrict their outdoor water use.

“Level 4 restrictions will remain in place over the weekend. This means no sprinklers or hoses should be used and commercial users should be making efficiencies.

“We do thank everyone who has made an effort to conserve water with such high temperatures yesterday and today, but we ask everyone to please remind neighbours and whanau of these restrictions to help keep demand low while reservoirs are being refilled.

“Some rain is forecast for Saturday evening and will help towards keeping people’s gardens watered and reducing the demand.”

The Waipaoa supply is also running over the weekend to help replenish the reservoirs.

“People should also be aware water may look milky but it’s all OK to drink.”

Restrictions will be reassessed on Monday.

A leak in Gisborne’s main water supply pipe has been fixed but water restrictions remain in place over the weekend, Gisborne District Council says.

Contractors yesterday found the leak in the main water supply pipeline along the main road at Makaraka.

The cause of the leak was a failure of the fitting joint, not a deteriorated seal ring as Mayor Meng Foon was reported as saying.

“We’ll be looking at the cause of the failure with the manufacturer,” Gisborne District Council said in a statement.

​A total outdoor water ban (Level 5 restriction) was in place yesterday and was today downgraded to a Level 4 restriction.

“The main water supply from the Waingake treatment plant is now running but it will take several days to restore the city reservoirs to a level that meets demand.

“In the meantime, people will still need to continue to restrict their outdoor water use.

“Level 4 restrictions will remain in place over the weekend. This means no sprinklers or hoses should be used and commercial users should be making efficiencies.

“We do thank everyone who has made an effort to conserve water with such high temperatures yesterday and today, but we ask everyone to please remind neighbours and whanau of these restrictions to help keep demand low while reservoirs are being refilled.

“Some rain is forecast for Saturday evening and will help towards keeping people’s gardens watered and reducing the demand.”

The Waipaoa supply is also running over the weekend to help replenish the reservoirs.

“People should also be aware water may look milky but it’s all OK to drink.”

Restrictions will be reassessed on Monday.

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