Watch that water

It’s dry. Waikato District, Waipa District and Hamilton City Councils moved on to Water Alert Level 2 a while back, which means folk have to keep an eye on their water use.

Sprinklers and watering systems can only be used on alternative days(eg even street numbers on even days; odd street numbers on odd days) between 6-8am and 6-8pm, while hand held hosing can be used any time.

Waikato District Council chief executive Gavin Ion says the community is fully aware of the need to be smart with water use. “It’s not hard to understand the need to be conservative about water use when you take a drive through the countryside. It’s very dry and brown.”

The Water Alert Levels are part of a Smart Water Starts with You! campaign, which aims to make long-term change to water use.

Hamilton City Council City Waters manager Andrew Parsons thanks the community for their efforts so far. “The ongoing water consumption efforts of the community have not gone unnoticed. Going forward it’s important we continue to use our limited water resource responsibly and appreciate everyone’s ongoing consideration this summer.”

Waipa District Council Manager Water Services Lorraine Kendrick says the step up to the next water alert level is about taking a cautious approach for a long-term, regional wide solution.

Click here for some tips on saving water.

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