Water restrictions in place

Go easy when watering that garden – a Water Alert Level 1 is now in place.

Recent water demand is a lot higher than what is expected for November, says Hamilton City Council City Waters manager Andrew Parsons.

Water Alert Level 1 means residents can use their sprinklers between 6-8am and 6-8pm with hand-held hoses allowed at any time.

“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,” Mr Parsons said.

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

Waikato District Council Service Delivery general manager Tim Harty is also urging residents to follow the Alert Level 1 requirements immediately.

“Everyone in our district has a part to play on 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.”

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.

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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