Sprinklers alternate days

6-8am and 6-8pm.

Hand-held hosing any time.

Water restrictions also apply to Waikato District residents in
Tauwhare, Gordonton, Matangi, Tamahere, Newstead/
Eureka, Wallace Rd and Stonebridge Estate that receive mains water supply

 Reduce non-essential water usage


  • 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, Waipa 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 these 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.

Commercial customers

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

If you business uses water as an essential activity such as landscaping, sports fields or nurseries, outdoor watering is only restricted from Water Alert Level 3 onwards.  However, we ask that you practice efficient watering methods whenever possible. 

Water consumption

Millions of litres of water are extracted every day from our river for us to use.  It is our collective responsibility to ensure we look after our life-giving water.  We must all protect and guard it and use it when we need to but never waste it.

One cubic metre of water is the same as 1,000 litres of water.

One megalitre of water is the same as 1,000,000 litres of water

If everyone turned the tap off when brushing teeth, cut a minute off shower times and fixed leaky taps & toilets, we would go a long way to helping reduce the pressure on existing infrastructure and prevent or delay increased investment in new infrastructure. Using less water also reduces the amount of waste water that needs treating.


Daily water consumption 

Comparison of water consumption over the last 5 years

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