Water use curbs come early

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Welcome to (early) summer, which heralds water restrictions that kick in from today.

water wiseWaikato residents along with those in Hamilton and Waipa districts are being asked to limit the use of sprinkler systems to between 6-8am and 6-8pm. Hand-held hoses are allowed at any time.

Waikato District Council Service Delivery General Manager Tim Harty urges residents to follow the Alert Level 1 requirements immediately.

“Everyone in our district has a part to play in conserving water now and in the future. Making small changes, such as limiting the use of your sprinkler in your garden or fixing a leaking tap, can have a positive impact on water levels.”

Hamilton City Council City Waters Manager Andrew Parsons said Alert Level 1 has been put in place at an early stage because recent water demand was a lot higher than what is usually expected for November, even with the rainfall on Tuesday.

“In Hamilton at this time of year, the long term average daily water use is around 53 million litres. On Monday this week, we used 72.9 million litres – the fifth highest consumption day that we’ve experienced over the last 13 years during the month of November,” said Mr Parsons.

“Water conservation is often only thought about in the summer months but it is really important that people start acting to reduce demand now.”

About the Water Alert Level system:

The Water Alert Levels and their corresponding requirements are a way to encourage water use in a sustainable manner and ensure consistent supply throughout summer.

The system consists of four alert levels and corresponding requirements:

Water Alert Level 1
Use sprinkler systems between
6am – 8am and 6pm – 8pm
Hand-held hosing can be used anytime.

Water Alert Level 2
Use sprinkler systems on alternate days between
6am – 8am and 6pm – 8pm
Hand-held hosing can be used anytime.

Water Alert Level 3
No use of sprinklers.
Hand-held hosing only.

Water Alert Level 4
No use of outside water systems.

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