Smart Water is a partnership between Hamilton City, Waikato District and Waipa District Councils to support people to be smart with their water use, but why is this important?
The three councils take water from various sources throughout the district, including the Waikato River, streams, bores and springs. Even though it looks like there is a lot of water in our region, councils are limited to how much water they can take due to environmental reasons. Taking water changes the flow and temperature of the river and stream networks, disrupting plant and animal life. Less water also means any pollutants in the water become more concentrated.
The water we use has a lot of hidden energy costs. For example, supplying safe drinking water requires large amounts of energy for collection, treatment and distribution. Another significant source of carbon emissions is the energy used to heat hot water in homes and businesses. Using less water can therefore save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Saving water saves money whether you live in a metered area or not. In a metered area, you will see the savings on your bill; in non-metered areas, saving water can help prevent rates increases. The average household spends 30% of their energy bill heating hot water so whether you are metered or not, there are significant savings to be made by using less hot water. Try our ‘Shorter shower saves power’ interactive calculator to see how much money you might be sending down the drain!
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 waste water that needs treating.