NEW ZELAND – The battle to contain Nelson’s forest fire is drawing water from the low-running Wai-iti River, an important supply source.
Just after Brightwater, the Wai-iti joins the Wairoa to become the
Waimea. Those rivers help recharge the aquifers from which water is
drawn for intensive horticulture on the Waimea Plains as well as the
Tasman District Council’s reticulated supply for some major industries
and residential areas, including Richmond.
Urban and rural water users on and around the Waimea Plains have faced increasingly tougher water restrictions since January 14.
A ban on hosing has applied since January 31 to properties at
Brightwater, Wakefield, Richmond, Mapua-Ruby Bay, Hope and Tapawera.
Similar restrictions applied in the rural water supply schemes of
Eighty-Eight Valley, Redwood Valley and Dovedale.
As the forest fire ravaged the land around them, councillors on
Thursday agreed to grant urgent powers to staff to impose further water
restrictions on properties connected to the reticulated supply.