Water restrictions have been introduced in Christchurch to ensure there are enough supplies to fight fires.
The ban, the lowest of four levels, means water cannot be used outside between 3pm and 9pm, with use of hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems allowed only on alternate days.
People living at odd-numbered addresses should water gardens on odd dates, even-numbered houses on even dates.
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A last-ditch attempt to delay the completion of Christchurch’s $300 million cycleway programme has failed, with the city council deciding to accelerate it instead.
The council decided on Monday to complete its 101-kilometre network of cycleways by 2028 – one year earlier than proposed in the draft LTP, but still 11 years later than expected when the network was first proposed in 2013.
It also decided to bring forward a cycleway connection from Westmorland to the Nor’West Arc cycleway from 2031 to 2025.
The council also decided to spend $931m over 10 years on roads and footpaths and $96.7m on public transport infrastructure, including bus stops and shelters.
Read more, including the debate held between councillors on the issue, here.
Christchurch residents will be charged for excess water use from July, though no fines will be issued for the first year as people get used to the scheme.
The charge was one of many points discussed by the Christchurch City Council on Monday as it ratified and voted on final amendments to the city's 10-year budget, known formally as the long-term plan.
The council also decided not to decommission Wharenui Pool (though funding past 2022 remains unclear), and voted to give the Arts Centre a $5.5 million grant, keep the Riccarton bus lounge open, and retain the mobile library for now.
Although the council intended to start the excess water use charge next month, Cr Sara Templeton said no fines would be dished out the first year, to allow people to get used to the change.
Read more, including who will be affected by the new charge, here.