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Last modified: 17 Nov 2020 10:02am

HoseSummer is almost here, so it’s time to start thinking smart about how we use water, so we can all keep enjoying a reliable water service through the hotter and drier months.

After a drier than usual winter, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research is predicting a hot, dry summer, meaning now is a good time to get into good habits and be smart about how we use our water to help ensure there is no need for restrictions, 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. So we’re encouraging people to think about their water use. If everyone plays their part we should be able to avoid restrictions and provide water at a good pressure all summer long.”

Being water smart also helps ensure you’re making the most of the water you use, being good for your garden and getting the best value from your water rates.

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

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
  • No need to water the berm – let it die off during summer to save money on your water rates and wear and tear on your lawn mower