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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.
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 to keep cool. Use a timer and don’t forget to turn the water off at the end.
Use water from your rainwater tank or grey water wherever possible.
Check out our water saving tips for more ideas on how to be smart with water.
At 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.
If your business uses water as an essential activity such as landscaping, sports fields or nurseries, outdoor watering is allowed. However, we ask that you practice efficient watering methods whenever possible.
*Hamilton City Council and Waipā District Council and Waitomo District Council areas only.
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From Hamilton and parts of Waipā, your water comes from rainfall in the mountains around Lake Taupō. Water flows into the mighty Waikato River bringing life-giving sustenance to the region.
Waipā also relies on local rainfall to feed Mangauika Stream and to supply bore water (water seeps through the soil filling aquifers deep underground).
Waitomo District relies on local rainfall to feed Mangaokewa Stream for Te Kuiti; a surface and underground stream for Piopio and a spring for Mokau.
We are privileged to have water on tap 24 hours a day but it is not a finite resource and we can't take it for granted. Even in New Zealand we can run short of water at times due to rising population, changes in climate patterns or other factors that put pressure on supply.
Water is the life giver of all things – ko to wai ora ngā mea katoa. By using water carefully, we are protecting the health and well-being of our waterways. We are also ensuring that water is not wasted and there will be enough to go around when rain is scarce.
Water infrastructure, including treatment plants and pipes, is expensive. Reducing the amount of water that we use reduces the pressure on our existing infrastructure and can prevent or delay increased investment in new infrastructure. Using less water also reduces the amount of energy needed to provide clean safe water and to treat waste water.
When lots of water is being used, the flow to springs, streams and rivers can be reduced and neighbouring bores can also be affected. If bore levels continue to decline over a long time, it can reduce the future availability of water. A lot of rural homes rely on bores for their water.
For springs that are connected to coastal aquifers, over-extracting water increases the risk of saltwater being drawn into the fresh water reserves. This can make the spring permanently unsuitable for drinking and many other uses (irrigation, watering etc). Taking water sensibly from the bores and springs also means that we are protecting our future water supplies.
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.