Hot dry weather means we need to conserve water

Hot dry weather means we need to conserve water

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Council is advising South Taranaki residents they need to start conserving water now.

Recent months have been very dry and the long range forecast indicates more of the same, with little sign of rain.

This summer is set to be one of the longest and hottest in decades - so we need to start being sensible about how we use this precious resource if we want to get through the summer months without restrictions.

Because of the early warm weather, the district is beginning to consume more water than some of our water systems can cope with. Some reservoirs are not coping well, especially those in the following areas: Waiinu, Waverley Beach,Waverley, Patea, Opunake, and Rahotu.

Engineering Group Manager Neil McCann says water is a valuable, limited resource, and we all need to play our part in reducing the demand for water, especially in the dry Summer months.

Water conservation by all residents, farms and businesses is always necessary as stream flows reduce and we approach consent limitsfor water abstraction.

“Few areas of New Zealand are being spared the problems of meeting high demand for water, and South Taranaki is no exception,” says Mr McCann. “While we have achieved significant improvements – and more upgrades are  planned- to increase our ability to supply water year-round, people will always need to keep their summer use in check.”

We can all make a difference to the environment by treating water as a very valuable, limited resource.

For more information or tips on water conservation, please click here.

Please have a look through these tips and see what simple things you can do to make the best of your water  use:



  • Check farm equipment, water troughs, reticulation network and water meters regularly for signs leakage
  • Take short showers.  Baths use far more water
  • Fix any leaks and dripping taps
  • Use full loads to wash clothes/dishes
  • Report water leakson Council’s systems, e.g. leaking hydrant, valve or toby.


  • Washing vehicles
  • Filling swimming pools
  • Clean driveway/patio/house with hose – use a broom instead