Use a trigger on your hose to direct water where you need it most.
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.
Water plants less often but thoroughly. A longer water 2-3 times a week is better than a short water every day. You will encourage stronger, deeper roots.
If you water your lawn with a sprinkler, aim for 10-15mm each time up to a max of 25-40mm each week which is about 2-3 times a week. Not sure how much water your sprinkler uses? Watch this short video on how to measure sprinkler output.
Use a cover on permanent and portable pools to prevent 97% of water evaporating and use appropriate chemicals to keep the water fresh.
Use a broom instead of water to clean hard surfaces such as footpaths and driveways.
Wash your car/boat/caravan on an area of lawn, using a bucket instead of hose or water blaster. Alternatively, use a commercial washing facility that preferably recycles water.
Shorten your shower. Visit your council reception (Hamilton, Waipā District & Waitomo District only) & 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.
Collect water from showering, cooking, washing and rain and re-use in your garden.
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.
The alert levels apply to all residential and commercial customers on council water supply.
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 only restricted from Alert Level 3 onwards. However, we ask that you practice efficient watering methods whenever possible.
A sprinkler is a device that 'sprays' water through the air. Spray irrigation systems like sprinklers can waste a lot of water to evaporation and runoff. If you are using a sprinkler, use a timer and be mindful where you position it so that you are watering plants, not paved areas. Drip line irrigation and soaker hoses are two of the best ways to water shrubs, plants and vegetables, as they water the root zone directly. During restrictions, please only use irrigation systems during restricted watering hours.
Hand-held hosing means that a person must be physically holding the hose. In other words, this means no unattended hoses. Always use a twist or trigger nozzle when using your hose.
There are a number of factors that are taken into consideration to determine when Water Alert Levels are needed including current water use & comparison to historical trends; long term weather forecasts and recent rainfall data, Lake Taupō level (which influences the level in the Waikato River), stream levels; operational status of the water supply (faults, maintenance, processing ability) and changes to the quality of the water source (contamination or algal bloom which can effect processing rates). Councils (along with other river & stream users) have an obligation to ensure that any water taken is used responsibly and wisely. The Water Alert Level system is one tool to assist in achieving this.
The Water Alert Levels are a system of escalating water conservation measures with a focus on outdoor water use. In summer, a large proportion of water is used to water gardens and lawns, fill swimming pools, clean houses and vehicles etc. The Water Alert Levels particularly at Alert Level 1 and 2 do not prevent these activities but help the community to be mindful of how water is being used and provide guidance on using water in a sustainable way.
At Water 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.
At Water Alert Level 3, outdoor sprinkler use is restricted. However, if your business uses a sprinkler or irrigation system as an essential activity such as landscaping, sports fields or nurseries, you may do so only with efficient watering methods.
Efficient watering methods: