Water use restrictions

The hot, dry weather and high water demand has prompted the Waikato District and Hamilton City Councils to further restrict water use.

The greater restriction – Alert Level 2 – means sprinklers and watering systems can only be used on alternate days (eg even street numbers on even days; odd street numbers on odd days) between 6am and 8am and 6pm and 8pm.

Hand-held hoses can be used any time.

Waipa District Council moved to Water Alert Level 2 earlier last week.

Waikato District Council Waters Manager Martin Mould said a significant increase in water consumption combined with consistently high temperatures and a lack of rain had prompted the move to Level 2.

“Although we do need to move to Water Alert Level 2, the ongoing water consumption efforts of the community have not gone unnoticed. We want to thank those who conserved water so far this summer by not leaving their hoses running and doing simple things like waiting until they had a full load before washing clothes or dishes.”

It was important to continue to make a conscious effort to reduce water use, he said.

“Watering during the early morning and later in the evening will help minimise wastage, save water during the hottest part of the day and ensure plants and lawns get the greatest benefit.”

For more information on the Smart Water campaign and for tips on saving water click here.

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