Alternate days means residents whose street address number is even can use their sprinkler systems between 6am-8am and 6pm-8pm on days with even dates (i.e. 30 January, 2 February, 4 February etc). Odd letter box numbers can use their sprinkler systems between 6am-8am and 6pm-8pm on days with odd dates (i.e. 31 January, 1 February, 3 February etc).
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. Consider using a smart timer that switches your sprinkler off when it's raining.
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 where possible, using a bucket instead of a 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 at any time on the lawn or in a garden. 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.
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 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.
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 onward. However, we ask that you practice efficient watering methods whenever possible.
Alternate day sprinkling means residents whose street address number is an even number can use their sprinkler systems between 6am-8am and 6pm-8pm on days with even dates (i.e. 30 January, 2 February, 4 February etc).
Those with odd letter box numbers can use their sprinkler systems between 6am-8am and 6pm-8pm on days with odd dates (i.e. 31 January, 1 February, 3 February etc).
Sports grounds and stadium are watered during restrictions to maintain as much grass cover as possible and help prevent fields from turning into dust bowls. Wetting agents are also used to help retain water. This allows the sports fields to be used in summer for cricket and touch but also helps ensure there is good grass coverage before the next winter season. Without adequate grass coverage, fields quickly turn to mud.
Note: Sports grounds in Waipā are leased, and are the responsibility of the leasee to maintain, following the water alert guidelines
If you feel comfortable, have a friendly chat and let your neighbour know about water alert levels and what level is active.
Water wasters are educated on water alert levels and what they mean. Where water is being repeatedly wasted, offenders can have their water supply restricted or can even be prosecuted in serious cases.
The three councils take water from various sources throughout the district. The Waikato River supplies water for Hamilton City and parts of Waipā. Waipā also sources water from a bore in Kihikihi and from a stream on Mt. Pirongia. Waitomo District has streams in Te Kuiti and Piopio and a spring in Mokau.
Even though it looks like there is a lot, it is not a free for all. Councils (along with other river users) can only take a certain amount of water each year from the different water sources and they all have an obligation to ensure that any water taken is used responsibly and wisely. By putting water alerts in place, it means we need to maintain enough water for everyone and it also protects the ecosystems that rely on the river and stream networks.