MAKOTUKU RIVER AND WHANGANUI RIVER LEVELS REMAIN ABOVE MINIMUM FLOW
The latest river flow data from the Whanganui River and the Makotuku River show that average levels for both rivers are above minimum flow levels when water restrictions are put in place.
The graph for the Makotuku River over the last week shows that river levels have steadily dropped over the week with drier weather to where they currently sit at 149 litres per second (l/s), above the minimum flow level where restrictions are put in place of 115 l/s.
The graph for the Whanganui River shows a similar curve, with river levels dropping over the week to where they currently sit at 35 cubic metres per second (m3/sec), well above the minimum flow level of 29m3/sec.
River levels are expected to remain above minimum flow levels over the coming week with rain forecast for both Raetihi and Taumarunui.
If you would like up-to-date information on river flows you can go to the following websites for the latest online monitoring data:
Under current resource consent conditions these are the official flow recorders which manage abstraction for all of the Ruapehu District.
Water restrictions are notified to the Northern communities (Owhango, Taumarunui and National Park) by Ruapehu District Council when the Whanganui River at Te Maire approaches the minimum flow threshold of 29m3/second.
Water restrictions are notified to the Southern communities (Ohakune and Raetihi) by Ruapehu District Council when the Makotuku River at SH 49A Bridge approaches the minimum flow threshold of 115 litres/second.