The Ancient Mariner would feel right at home in North Otago at the moment – there’s water, water everywhere, but Oamaru and much of the hinterland is in danger of running out any to drink.
All of Oamaru, Weston and Enfield rural areas, Kakanui, Herbert, Hampden and Moeraki supply areas are on full water restrictions:
Oamaru and the surrounding areas are now on FULL WATER RESTRICTIONS, meaning essential water use only.
Essential water use is:
– No clothes washing
– No car cleaning
– No water use at all that is not absolutely necessary.
– Don’t use dishwashers – hand wash only
– No watering of plants etc
– Flush No 2’s only
Other helpful things to do is to make sure you have no leaks at all, get them fixed please.
If we run out of treated water, we will be forced to deliver untreated turbid water, that you will have to boil to drink.
This will likely mean schools and businesses will have to close, and it will take a long time to recover from.
We need to seriously reduce water usage for 4 days to let things recover to a manageable level.
This is serious.
Too much rain over the last week has left the Waitaki river which supplies water for the town and outlying areas too dirty for the treatment plant to deal with.
If people don’t conserve enough water, businesses will be shut down for several days.