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Hot weather prompts reminder to be waterwise

Hot weather prompts Watercare to remind everyone to be waterwise.

Summer has arrived early and Watercare is reminding everyone to start thinking now about water conservation.

Watercare water networks manager, Josaphatt Ip wants to encourage everyone to conserve water, whether they stay at home or go away over the holiday period: “Aucklanders are already the most efficient water users in the country and we’d like to encourage everyone to adopt some of the good water conservation habits they took up during the Tasman Tempest earlier this year.”

There are dozens of practical tips on Watercare’s website on how to be waterwise. They include installing a shower head with a low flow rate and turning off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, which can save five litres of water.

Irrigating gardens can use a lot of water too. Watercare advises people to water their plants in the early morning or evening to minimise evaporation and place mulch around plants to reduce water loss around plants.

Ip says, holiday-makers often use lots of water, and bach owners who rent out their properties are advised to put up notices in their kitchens and bathrooms, giving tenants water saving tips: “We’d like to remind everyone that if they need to top up swimming pools, wash house exteriors or clean boats, to make sure they have enough water well before hand, as we have a long holiday season ahead.”

Rural residents should keep an eye on their water tanks. Water tanker operators in Franklin and the Rodney District are already busy and people are advised to plan ahead if they do need to order water.


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