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Switch off irrigation systems and prioritise watering fruit and vegetables only.
Use a trigger on your hose to direct water where you need it most. Where practical, use a bucket or watering can.
Use a cover on permanent and portable pools to prevent 97% of water evaporating and use appropriate chemicals to keep the water fresh.
Do not wash windows, footpaths, driveways, buildings and cars unless safety is an issue. If water is required, use a bucket instead of your hose or water blaster.
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.
Collect water from showering, cooking, washing and rain and re-use in your garden.
Check out these water saving tips for more ideas on how to be smart with water.
If your business uses water as an essential activity, you can use a handheld hose at any time. This would apply to businesses such as commercial car and building washing, market gardens, plant nurseries, and those which maintain roadside gardens and sports fields.
If your business uses a sprinkler or irrigation system as an essential activity, you may only do so with mitigation measures in place to save water, including:
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.
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:
The water in the Waikato River flows from Lake Taupō. Even though it looks like there is a lot of water, 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 river 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 there's enough water for everyone and it also protects the ecosystems that rely on the Waikato River.