Taradale residents have raised concerns over the use of sprinklers at Tareha Park despite a possible drought on the horizon for Hawke's Bay.
Reports of three large sprinklers operating over the past few days at the park have prompted bemused comments from nearby residents. "Council has three massive sprinklers operating at the park which is quite incredible," said one person who wished to remain anonymous.
"Someone needs to ask them how they can justify pumping that much water on to the park."
Another resident, whose home backed on to the park, said she had often wondered why they were used.
"I think it's a bit of a waste, I've often thought that."
Resident Carol Beattie said the sprinklers gave her the impression the water situation was "not so serious".
However, she felt watering the park was necessary.
"I'm not bothered by them using [the sprinklers] because it's for public sports fields. It is kind of a bit necessary."
Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott said she understood no water restrictions were in place for Napier residents. "We've still got to prepare the grounds for all the sports that get played there. Our infrastructure is good, we get our water from the aquifer and people are responsible. We ask people to be sensible about what they do. We haven't had water restrictions because people regulate themselves."
Hastings District Council has water restrictions in place. Residents there can use sprinklers only between 6am and 8am and 7pm and 9pm.