High spring river levels is enough to convince most of Grand Forks council to lower their water restrictions.
This will mean a move back down to stage 1 which has not been seen since before July last year.
Councillor Julia Butler believes there is no reason to remain at the strict stage 2 at the moment and even last year there was no major groundwater shortage.
But a key concern for city officials is the cost for treating and delivering water and for removing wastewater and there’s division on council around conservation.
Grand Forks plans to review the water restrictions as more info on the summer forecast becomes available.
The move to stage 1 allows residents to use sprinklers on alternating days for the last 9 months.
Such watering had been allowed only twice a week.