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Use water sensibly.

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. Visit your council reception & ask for your free shower timer to make this easier.*

Check out our smart water play ideas to keep your kids cool and your water use low. If your children like to play under the sprinkler, or they have toys that attach to the hose, they can use these to keep cool. Use a timer and don’t forget to turn the water off at the end.

Use water from your rainwater tank or grey water wherever possible.

Check out our water saving tips for more ideas on how to be smart with water.

Commercial customers

At Alert Levels 1 and 2, water restrictions apply to businesses who don't use water as an essential activity. For example, if you wish to water a shrub or garden outside your premises, you can only use a sprinkler during the restricted times.

If your business uses water as an essential activity such as landscaping, sports fields or nurseries, outdoor watering is allowed.  However, we ask that you practice efficient watering methods whenever possible. 

*Hamilton City Council and Waipā District Council and Waitomo District Council areas only.

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