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 (except for health and safety reasons).
  • 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 at any time to keep cool. Use a timer and don’t forget to turn the water off at the end.
  • Re-use water from your rain water tank or grey water wherever possible.
  • Check out our smart water tips for more ideas on how to be smart with water.


What is a sprinkler?

What do we mean by hand-held hosing?

What is grey water?

What is a rain tank?

Got another question?  See FAQs

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

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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