Heavy rain in the upper Whakatāne River catchment overnight has taken the river flow to more than 300 cubic metres a second, which should signal an end to salinity issues for the Whakatāne/Ōhope water supply for the foreseeable future. As a result, the Whakatāne District Council has lifted the call for voluntary water conservation. However, water restrictions signage will remain in place, for now.

That precautionary approach reflects the fact that the long range weather forecast indicates that further rain is unlikely until late next week. In the meantime, the Council will closely monitor river flows before a final call is made on the need for further conservation measures.