Ban on sprinklers
The Porirua, Hutt, Wellington and Upper Hutt city councils have added a sprinkler ban to their watering restrictions.
They have taken the action at the request of Wellington Water, which manages their water supply.
The need for a sprinkler ban has been triggered by the muchreduced availability of water from rivers.
The Wainuiomata Water Treatment Plant – one of three treatment facilities that serve the four cities – is now off because of a lack of water. That reduces what can be supplied each day to well below this summer’s peak water use.
The ban means household use of garden sprinklers, irrigation systems and other forms of unattended watering is not permitted at any time. Careful watering by hand is still OK.
Though people may still water by hand, city councils may impose a total ban on household use of hoses if the situation worsens.
Wellington Water will advise city councils if a hosing ban is required.
Wellington Water operations manager Noel Roberts said at least a week of significant rainfall was needed to alleviate the situation. Ideas to save water: Use a flow control trigger on hoses.
Sweep up garden waste instead of hosing it away.
Put off non-essential outdoor jobs, like washing windows or the car, until the water supply situation improves.
Run only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine.
Don’t fill sinks and basins as much.
Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth.