With what looks like a beautiful sunny weekend ahead of us, and despite rainfall earlier this week, Tauranga's water restrictions remain unchanged.
All residential sprinklers are currently banned, as well as hosing of concrete or paved surfaces such as paths and driveways.
Careful watering by hand is permitted between 5am and 8am, and 7pm and 10pm.
Tauranga City Council City Waters Manager, Steve Burton, said his team was closely monitoring the situation.
“I'd like to thank all water users in the city for their efforts to conserve water and for observing the current water restrictions,” Mr Burton said.
“Even though we've had some rain lately, it's important to realise that rain doesn't top up the amount of drinking water we have in our reservoirs. It just means that for a short time, people stop using as much water as they usually would during the hot weather, particularly trying to keep their gardens green.”
Mr Burton said it was difficult to predict future water use.
“We can't say at this stage when water restrictions are likely to end. We're still in the early weeks of summer and have a long, dry season ahead of us, so we all need to continue to be mindful of our water use.”
A range of methods are being used around the city to ensure the community is aware of water restrictions, including posters, billboards on arterial routes, electronic message boards, social media, and radio and newspaper advertising.
Council staff are in direct contact with major water users.
To report water leaks or breaches of water restrictions, phone 07 577 7000.