Outdoor water ban for Taranaki township of Ōkato

An outdoor water ban will be implemented in the small Taranaki township of Ōkato tomorrow in an attempt to stop the Mangatete Stream's flows from lowering any further.

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The New Plymouth District Council announced the prohibition today, declaring in a statement gardens may not be watered and cars and house windows may not be washed while the outdoor ban is in place.

"We need substantial rain over a decent period before the Mangatete’s flows will increase again," NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright said.

"The long-range forecast has nothing more than a few showers coming our way so it’s important that Ōkato residents stop all outdoor water use for water conservation."

The NPDC also warned Ōākura could receive a ban too due to high water use putting pressure on the small town's storage reservoir and firefighting reserve.

Mr Wright urged Ōākura residents to be responsible with their water.

On Sunday February 10, residents in Ōākura used 33 per cent more water than the town’s average daily demand - a large contrast to the six percent more residents on the New Plymouth supply used.

The NPDC added they are investing an extra $44 million to upgrade the water network in the region over the next decade.