Tasman prepares for another dry summer

Tasman prepares for another dry summer

Matt McCrorie The region was hit hard by drought last summer. And it doesn’t look like we’re off the hook this summer either, with the Tasman District Council Dry Weather Task Force already preparing for another dry, hot summer. Earlier this year the region saw the...
Water savings impress

Water savings impress

Waimea residents saved around 3 million litres of water last week, much to the pleasure of the Tasman District Council. A council spokesman says water use was reduced by 25 per cent over the week, which equates to 3 million litres. That came on top of a 20 per cent...
Water shortage remains critical

Water shortage remains critical

The much hoped for rain across the Waimea over the weekend never really materialised, with the water shortage still critical. Urban residents and businesses connected to the reticulated supply in Richmond, Hope, Brightwater, Wakefield Mapua, Ruby Bay and their rural...
Farmers, growers feeling the heat

Farmers, growers feeling the heat

Colin Williscroft   Farming and other food producing businesses across the Waimea are suffering, their owners forced into considering worst-case scenarios as hot, dry weather, exacerbated by drying winds, take its toll. While there is some hope on the horizon...
Water restrictions level increased

Water restrictions level increased

Matt McCrorie The need to conserve water is becoming more important every day, the council says, with wind, consistent high temperatures, and increasing water demand causing rivers and groundwater levels to drop. Dennis Bush-King, convener of the Dry Weather...