The Waikato District Council has raised the water alert level from today, further restricting the use of sprinklers.
The council, along with its fellow Hamilton and Waipa authorities, said warmer weather and increasing water demand had prompted the move to help conserve water.
The change to Alert Level 2 means sprinklers and watering systems can only be used on alternate days between 6-8am and 6-8pm.
Waikato District Council Service Delivery General Manager Tim Harty said conserving water was important.
“We’re expecting a long hot summer so to make the best use of the limited water resource we need everyone to do their bit to conserve water.
“There are lots of ways to conserve water, for example, taking shorter showers, watering the garden by hand, or washing your car on a piece of lawn which needs watering will save hundreds of litres a day.”
Waipa District Council Waters Manager Tony Hale said while consumption had increased, Waipa residents were taking the Smart Water message seriously and informing the council of residents who were disregarding the rules.
“We’ve seen an increase in calls from the public about people misusing and wasting water. Our waters team have visited homes where taps and hoses have been left on when no one is home and sprinklers have been used excessively in the heat of the day.”
Mr Hale said most people want to avoid moving to Alert Level 3 and were doing their part to make sure there was enough water for everyone.
Water concerns for Waikato, Waipa and Hamilton can be reported at here at Smart Water.