Water use prompts cuts

Dec 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News

Restrictions on the use of garden sprinklers are now in place after significant increase in water consumption across the region triggered a water alert.

Waikato District, Hamilton City and Waipa District are now all on Water Alert Level 1, which means sprinklers should only be used between 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm each day.

A handheld hose can be used at any time.

Use of Waikato District Council-supplied water has increased by 5% a week since this time last month.

Council Waters Manager Karl Pavlovich said that even though all of the district’s water supply is now metered, water conservation is still an important part of managing the economic and ecological impact of water supply.

“Even though we’ve had a very wet year so far, we still need to react to the increased demand and the community can play their part by using water wisely ahead of what could be a long, dry summer,” he said.

“There are lots of ways to conserve water. Taking shorter showers, watering the garden by hand, or washing your car on a piece of lawn which needs watering can save hundreds of litres a day.”

Smart Water has an e-newsletter to advise when the alert level changes. It also has a week-by-week water use graph and other water saving tips. Sign up to receive it here.

Waikato district water consumption levels over the last month

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