No sprinklers.
Hand-held hosing any time.

Take all practical steps to reduce your water use


  • Switch off irrigation systems and prioritise watering fruit and vegetables only.
  • Always use a twist or trigger nozzle when using your hose. Where practical, use a bucket or watering can.
  • Use a cover on permanent and portable pools to prevent evaporation and use appropriate chemicals to keep the water fresh.
  • Use a broom instead of water to clean hard surfaces such as footpaths and driveways (except for health and safety reasons).
  • Do not wash windows, 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 & 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.
  • Use water from your rain water tank or greywater wherever possible.
  • Check out these water saving tips  for more ideas on how to be smart with water.


*Note: At Alert Levels 3 &4, restrictions apply to residential and all commercial customers regardless of business.

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

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