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After a spate of warm weather, Waikato, Waipa and Hamilton councils have brought in water restrictions.

A significant increase in water consumption across the region has prompted the restrictions allowing sprinklers to be used only between 6am and 8am and 6pm and 8pm or hand-held hosing at any time.

Over the last two weeks Waikato’s water consumption rose by 6 million litres, Waipa’s by up to 190 million litres and Hamilton’s by 20 per cent.

“The warm weather means pools are being filled and sprinklers are turned on,” said Smart Water Co-ordinator Sally Fraser.

Making small changes to our water use will make a difference, Fraser said. They included having a shorter shower, mulching the vege patch and garden beds and making the most of water that would normally go down the drain to feed plants.

She said a lot of people commented on how full the river was but “the river may look very full but if there’s no rain it doesn’t stay full for long. We also can’t take all of the water from the river – we’re consented to how much water we’re allowed to take.”

Smart Water has an e-newsletter to let subscribers know when alert levels and restrictions change and also has a week-by-week water use graph and other water saving tips. To sign up go here.

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