Ban on sprin­klers

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

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.

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