Water use is now restricted following an increase in use and expectations of the driest summer for decades.
Waikato, Waipa and Hamilton have all moved to restrict sprinkler use to between 6am and 8am and 6pm and 8pm, with hand held hosing at any time. This is Water Alert Level 1.
There’s been a significant peak in water usage across the council regions and current weather predictions suggest one of the most significant El Nino climate patterns seen since 1950.
Smart Water Co-ordinator Sally Fraser said there were a lot of factors considered before water alert levels could be put in place.
“We closely monitor water use, weather predictions and trends from previous summers to guide how we manage water.”
She suggested everyone prepare for a long, dry summer and be smart with their water use.
“Water conservation is always important, but this summer could mean some special challenges. Everybody can make some small changes to their water usage that can save a lot of water each day. Together that makes a massive difference across the region.”
An e-newsletter alert is now available at www.smartwater.org.nz for everyone to subscribe to and receive water alert notifications direct to their inbox. Subscribers also go into a draw for monthly prizes.
“There’s enough water for everyone if everyone plays their part,” Fraser said.