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Use water sensibly - Smart Water starts with you! 


  • ​Always use a twist or trigger nozzle when using your hose.
  • Use a timer with your sprinkler or irrigation system and be mindful where you position it so that you are watering plants, not paved areas.
  • Use a cover on permanent and portable pools to prevent evaporation and use appropriate chemicals to keep the water fresh.
  • Use a broom and/or bucket to clean hard surfaces such as footpaths and driveways.
  • Wash your car/boat/caravan on an area of lawn where possible.
  • Shorten your shower. Contact us for a free shower timer to make this easier.*
  • If your children like to play under the sprinkler, or they have toys that attach to the hose, they can use these at any time to keep cool. Use a timer and don’t forget to turn the water off at the end.
  • Use water from your rain water tank or grey water wherever possible.
  • Read our water saving tips for more ideas on how to be smart with water.
  • Frequently asked questions.

*Hamilton City Council, Waipa District Council and Waikato District Council areas only.

Forecast for catchment area

Rain in Hamilton is great for our farms, gardens, parks and local waterways. However for our water supply, we need the rain to fall in the Lake Taupo catchment.
A water catchment is an area where water is collected by the natural landscape and eventually flows to a creek, river, dam or lake.

This forecast shows the area where we need rain to feed our water supply. Our waters staff keep a very close eye on this!


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