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Sprinkler ban for Hastings

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Hastings has banned the use of sprinklers after high water use meant some residents were at risk of losing their water supply.</span> © Getty Images Hastings has banned the use of sprinklers after high water use meant some residents were at risk of losing their water supply. A ban on sprinklers has been put in place in Hastings after record high water use meant pumps could not keep pace with demand.

Residents in Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere have been using water a the highest rate for five years and bore pumps can't cope, with a warning that some homes may not have a supply in days if action was not taken.

""There is not a shortage of water - there is plenty of water in the aquifer. The issue is that we have used an extremely large amount of water in the last week, and the pumps cannot go fast enough to keep up with demand. They are at capacity," said Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule.

Two bores providing water to Havelock North remain closed in the wake of August's contamination and Mr Yule hoped to have one open by Christmas which could help ease the situation.

Sprinklers, pool filling and car washing are all banned but hand-held hoses can be used on gardens at set times in the morning and evening.

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