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Water Restrictions - Cust Water Supply - Due to some technical difficulties with the well pump at Springbank, the Council has had to place water restrictions on the Cust water supply scheme for Cust and Springbank residents. This will be a level 3 restriction which means there is a complete ban on all watering systems. Water may only be used for domestic purposes such as drinking and washing and to provide drinking water for stock. We apologise for any inconvenience these restrictions may cause. We will advise residents once the restrictions have been lifted. (26 March 2015)


Total Fire Ban Cancelled - The Prohibited Fire Season has been lifted from midnight Wednesday 18 March 2015 and is replaced by a Restricted Fire Season for crop residue (stubble) fires only.


Water Conservation - Due to dry, warm weather conditions, the Council is experiencing very heavy demand on water supplies throughout the district, more specifically in Woodend, Cust and the Oxford urban water supply. Until the dry conditions ease, residents are asked to minimise usage of water for gardens and lawns - this will help to avoid mandatory water restrictions. Your help would be appreciated.

Civil Defence Warning System - A public meeting will be held at the Waikuku Beach Hall on Tuesday 31 March from 7 pm to 8.30 pm to fully inform residents of how our public warning system works. All welcome. 


Toxic Algae Health Alerts - The Canterbury District Health Board  issued a health warning after toxic blue-green algae was found in Pegasus Lake. People and animals, particularly dogs, should avoid contact with Pegasus Lake until the health warning has been lifted.
The Canterbury District Health Board has also issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae was found in the Ashley River at the State Highway 1 Bridge. People and animals, particularly dogs, should avoid the Ashley River at the SH1 Bridge until the health warning has been lifted. 

Easter Weekend Kerbside Collection Changes - The normal collection day for rubbish and recycling will change from Good Friday (week 1 recycling) but not Easter Monday (week 2 recycling). The residential collection that would normally take place on Friday 3 April  changes to Saturday 4 April.


Local Alcohol Policy - The Council adopted the Local Alcohol Policy on 3 February 2015 in response to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Read the Media Release.

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