Cam­paign to save HB’s wa­ter be­gins

Hastings Leader - - News -

With sum­mer ap­proach­ing a new cam­paign is be­ing launched to en­cour­age peo­ple to take ex­tra care not to waste wa­ter in the hot, dry months ahead.

Low wa­ter lev­els are an is­sue that the re­gion faces ev­ery sum­mer, and to get peo­ple think­ing about wa­ter con­ser­va­tion now Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil, Napier City Coun­cil and Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil have joined forces to cre­ate the Sav­ing H2O Is The Way To Go cam­paign.

Run­ning un­til the end of March, the wa­ter con­ser­va­tion mes­sage will be spread through print, ra­dio, so­cial me­dia, the coun­cil web­sites and dig­i­tal ad­ver­tis­ing.

Lo­cal peo­ple have come on board to help with the cam­paign, vol­un­tar­ily shar­ing tips and tricks that show small ac­tions can make a big dif­fer­ence to pre­vent wa­ter wastage.

Around the home, sim­ple tips in­clude Maia from Cam­ber­ley’s ob­ser­va­tion that turn­ing the tap off while brush­ing your teeth can save six litres of wa­ter.

“I sing one less song in the shower and save about 50 litres of wa­ter,” says young Luca from Taradale, while Mark from Hast­ings only washes the car win­dows rather than the whole car.

“Saves 100 litres of wa­ter, and a litre of sweat,” he says.

Other tips in­clude lift­ing the lawn­mower blade up a notch so the grass is longer and not prone to drying out so fast, not fill­ing the bath up too high, and hold­ing off wash­ing the clothes un­til there is a full load.

On ru­ral prop­er­ties, peo­ple are also urged to con­sider how they man­age, use and save wa­ter.

By mak­ing small changes as in­di­vid­u­als, we can make a big dif­fer­ence col­lec­tively when it comes to con­serv­ing wa­ter.

Keep your ears open and your eyes peeled in the weeks ahead and get on board with this fun cam­paign that will help you do your bit, and en­sure there is enough for ev­ery­one.

For more in­for­ma­tion about wa­ter con­ser­va­tion go to the Napier City Coun­cil, Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil and/or Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil web­sites. A long hot sum­mer doesn’t have to mean get­ting low on wa­ter.

Turn­ing the tap off while brush­ing your teeth can save six litres of wa­ter.

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