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Questions and Answers
Common questions about water conservation, with our answers
- For permanent restricted water supplies, refer to our Restricted water connection page
- For urgent work and water conservation notices, refer to the our Urgent Work Notices page
Temporary restrictions in place
- NO formal restrictions due to high demand for water are currently in place for Council water supplies in the Selwyn District.
- Council will be reviewing water use throughout summer for mandatory restrictions. If demand for water increases in light of receding water levels or reduced rainfall in the region, formal water restrictions are likely to be introduced.
Our current water use
- Water use by Selwyn households is very high – the average household uses over 1,000 litres per day (by comparison, typical consumption for a New Zealand household is around 675 litres per day).
- Water is not an unlimited resource and we want to encourage Selwyn households to use water in a sustainable way.
- The best time to irrigate lawns is from 9pm to 6am, as water has the opportunity to soak into the ground and be retained there. Irrigation during daytime, during hot or Nor-West weather is wasted as a lot of water evaporates.
For further information on water supply and water demand, please read our Questions and Answers.
Check our Water conservation page for tips to be water wise
Levels of Restrictions
We have four levels of restrictions: