Christchurch council may impose water restrictions

3:29 pm on 10 January 2011

Christchurch residents are failing to heed warnings to reduce water consumption and the city council says it may have to impose restrictions for the first time since 1998.

The council says more than half the city's wells were damaged in the 7.1-magnitude Canterbury earthquake in September last year, with 10% beyond repair, and they cannot handle peak summer demand.

The council said last week a 10% decrease in water use was crucial, but residents reduced their consumption by just 2% during the weekend.

In order to maintain sufficient water pressure for fire-fighting, restrictions will be imposed if temperatures remain high, the council says.