Irrigation ban in place for Waimarama

By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: West Coast

A total irrigation ban is being enforced in the seaside community of Waimarama. The high temperatures of last week means there's a strain on the water supply. But the summer months tell a different story to those who are not on the national grid or on town water supply.

While the Hastings District Council has placed a total irrigation ban from the main town supply, for Kuini and others like her, they have their own way of getting through the intense Hawke's Bay summers.

For the last 14 years Kuini has been living with no power source or town water supply, but she loves it in Waimarama.

Kuini Nepia says, “I love it, it's really beautiful, peaceful.”

Just down the road, Leeza used a nearby spring as her only water supply, water that was not safe to drink.

Leeza MacLeod says, “You can't drink the water, I was on the water for about 8 - 10 years, but then i noticed when i stopped I didn't get diahorrea anymore.”

With an increase in the number of households drawing from the spring, it often meant she would be without water, forcing her to install a rainwater tank.

She says, “We'll all have to be off tanks soon coz we'll all we out of water.”

The council has said that during the ban, sufficient water will be maintained in the Waimarama reservoir at all times to enable fire fighting.