Please conserve water now

Please conserve water now

Monday, January 26, 2015

As the last couple of weeks have shown us - summer has now arrived along with the hot, dry weather.

While it is looking to be a great kiwi summer, it is crucial to immediately conserve water wherever possible to make sure there is enough to go around before formal restrictions need to be introduced.

Please fix leaks on your property as soon as you find them, notify us about other leaks by calling 0800 H2O FLOW (0800 4263569), and remember to use water wisely.

Here are some tips for how you can conserve water over summer and help ensure there’s enough to go around:

  • Accept a dry lawn. Grass becomes dormant during periods of drought, but rejuvenates naturally when winter approaches.
  • Let your grass grow slightly taller in the summer. Longer blades promote deeper rooting and shade the root zone, reducing water loss.
  • Use a broom to clean driveways and paths. Sweeping will get them clean without wasting water.
  • Water your garden in the evening. Give your gardens a light water at dusk (between 7pm and 9pm). If you water your garden in the middle of the day, it evaporates.
  • Cover your swimming pool if you have one. This will reduce the amount of water lost through evaporation by up to 90%.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth.
  • Defrost frozen food in the fridge overnight instead of using running water.
  • When choosing a dishwasher, washing machine, toilet or shower head, select ones that are water-efficient.
  • Only wash full loads in your washing machine or dishwasher (unless theyhave a setting for half loads).
  • Cool milk, wash yards sparingly and ensure farm pipes and troughs are leak free.

As always, we appreciate any efforts made to conserve water in the South Taranaki district.

With your help, we’ve gotten through the last couple of summers without imposing water restrictions. Let’s aim to do the same again!

If you’d like more advice on how to use water wisely, visit us at the Hawera administration building, your local LibraryPlus,or click here to find out more.