By 3 News online staff, 8 Jan 2014
A major break in Gisborne’s main water supply has prompted a warning from the District Council for residents to conserve water immediately.
The damage was caused by a large landslide in the Mangapoike area yesterday, which severed the water pipe that feeds untreated water into the dam.
Emergency water restrictions include an immediate water ban on watering lawns and gardens.
Gisborne District Council acting engineering and works manager David Hadfield says the situation is “serious”, but it can be managed if “everyone is willing to make a sacrifice for the greater good of the community”.
“This is not just a city problem but a district-wide problem. We have also placed restrictions on water carriers who supply water to our rural residents.”
Engineering and works manager Peter Higgs says the early conservation measures appear to be working.
“At 10pm on Monday night, prior to the crisis, the water demand was 800 cubic metres an hour. Last night this was 650 cubic metres an hour and we need the demand to reduce to 500 cubic metres an hour.”