Time to watch water use

The message is official – watch your water use.  Hamilton City Council moved to Water Alert Level 1 last  week, and that will affect some residents in Gordonton.

While most of the Waikato district isn’t on water restrictions just yet, Waikato District Council’s  Roger MacCulloch said southern communities need to be mindful that they have their water supplied by Hamilton City.

“This means Tauwhare, Matangi and Gordonton residents are now on Water Alert Level 1. We’re hopeful that the rest of the district can remain off water alerts this summer if everyone is smart with their water use.”

Over the past month, despite some rain, there has been a significant increase in water demand due to the warmer weather.

Moving to Alert Level 1 means sprinkler use must be limited to between 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm daily, while hand-held hosing can be done at any time.

Hamilton City Council’s City Waters Manager Maire Porter said Hamilton is just one of many river users who take water from the Waikato River and there is a limit to the amount that can be taken each year.

“December always sees an increase in water consumption in the city and with reduced rainfall expected over the coming months as the weather really starts to heat up, we need to start being conscious about the amount of water we use,” Mrs Porter said.

“There’s a number of easy and effective ways we can do this like turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or taking a shorter shower. They may seem like small changes but they all help us to conserve and preserve our wai and may prevent against further water restrictions over the summer months.”

More information about the water restrictions can be found here.


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