Use water sensibly


  • 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 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 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. 
  • Check out our water saving 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 water tank?

Got another question?  See FAQs



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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