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Last modified: 18 Nov 2021 2:53pm

It’s time to get smart about how we use water, so we can all keep enjoying a reliable water supply this summer.

With the weather warming up and long dry periods predicted for summer, Selwyn residents are being reminded to use water wisely to save money, support their garden and make sure we all have water without needing restrictions.

Getting smart on when and how we water our gardens through simple habits improves garden growth and means paying less on water rates, which have increased this year from .50c per cubic metre to .60c per cubic metre. It also means more water will be available throughout the summer period at a steady pressure, Council Infrastructure Group Manager Murray Washington says.

“Water supplies are often placed under pressure during summer as many people decide to water their lawns and gardens at the same time. We’re encouraging people to do the best for their garden, their wallet and the community so we can all enjoy a good water supply.”

To help this happen, the Council is recommending people limit watering to after 9pm, to keep it away from peak usage times and ensure the sun doesn’t quickly evaporate the water, reducing the effectiveness of the watering.

Tips for managing your water use:

· Check hoses or taps for leaks

· Make sure sprinklers are watering the plants not the driveway, footpath or buildings

· Use a watering can or hose

· Water for shorter periods, for example watering for three five-minute intervals over a couple of hours lets the soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes continuously which causes water run-off

· Water your garden and lawn every few days rather than every day