Wa­ter con­ser­va­tion im­por­tant with Sum­mer ap­proach­ing

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING -

With sum­mer fast ap­proach­ing, now is a good time to think about ywa­terz and how to con­serve and use it wisely.

Each year sum­mer brings those long hot days we all en­joy and look for­ward to, but un­for­tu­nately they of­ten come at a cost wa short­age of wa­ter and some­times re­stric­tions.

Dave Wat­son, Tararua Dis­trict Coun­cil Group Man­ager Plant and Prop­erty says when the flow in the river drops, so does the al­lo­ca­tion of wa­ter.

yThis af­fects our re­source con­sents al­lo­ca­tion for wa­ter take out of the rivers,z says Mr Wat­son.

Like all things, if we are aware it may oc­cur we can pre­pare for it, and wa­ter short­ages are def­i­nitely some­thing we can all do some­thing about, by pre­par­ing in ad­vance and look­ing at ways we can save or re­duce the amount we use.

There would be few peo­ple who don|t waste wa­ter in one way or an­other. Ap­prox­i­mately 16 litres of wa­ter is used ev­ery minute we leave a tap run­ning to clean our teeth or wash our hands, that|s wa­ter that could be saved if the plug was put in the basin be­fore the tap was turned on.

Mr Wat­son, says with a lit­tle thought there are a num­ber of things peo­ple can do to re­duce this wastage.

yIts things like don|t wash your car in the drive­way, wash it on the lawn so it ben­e­fits the lawn and gar­den, don|t use a hose use a bucket, buy a tank or con­tainer to save wa­ter off your roof that can be used for wa­ter­ing plants or fill­ing pet bowls. If you|re a keen gar­dener and us­ing a sprin­kler, make sure its wa­ter­ing the gar­den and not the pave­ment.z

Mr Wat­son says a num­ber of com­pa­nies sell wa­ter tanks in­clud­ing sec­ond hand IBC|s (In­ter­nal Bonded Con­tain­ers) that hold 1000 litres of wa­ter. Sell­ing for about $100 they are a very eco­nom­i­cal op­tion if any­one wants a stor­age tank. Con­nect them to your house or shed down­pipes and they will fill very quickly dur­ing rain­fall.

yWe want peo­ple to look at how much wa­ter they may be us­ing and we|re en­cour­ag­ing them to save as much as they can. By do­ing this we will be in a bet­ter po­si­tion when the long, hot days of sum­mer even­tu­ally hit and wa­ter in the rivers is at a very low level.z

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