The Whakatāne River flow has now increased to more than 30 cubic metres per second and with more rain forecast over the next few days, salinity issues at the water treatment plant are unlikely to be an immediate issue. If the forecast rain does arrive, the Whakatāne District Council will consider lifting the water conservation notice applying in Whakatāne and Ōhope early next week. The Council thanks residents for their voluntary water conservation efforts over the last two months, which have helped avoid the need for formal restrictions on hose and sprinkler use.