Coun­cil sounds wa­ter warn­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

The con­tin­u­ous sum­mer rain­fall has kept Mata­mata look­ing green and lus­cious but Mata­mata- Pi­ako District Coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to start con­serv­ing wa­ter now to re­duce the like­li­hood of wa­ter re­stric­tions later this sea­son.

So while it is still OK to oc­ca­sion­ally use the sprin­kler on the lawn, take a bath in­stead of a shower and flush the toi­let on full, peo­ple need to be aware of how much wa­ter they are us­ing and how to use it spar­ingly.

Mata­mata Pi­ako District Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Stephanie Slat­tery said it is good that the coun­cil has not had to put any wa­ter re­stric­tions on yet be­cause most years, the re­stric­tions run right through­out the sum­mer.

‘‘[ In 2010- 11] we had wa­ter re­stric­tions (sprin­kler ban) in place from midDe­cem­ber through to early March and we also had fire re­stric­tions in place due to the dry and hot weather.’’

Ms Slat­tery said to pre­vent such ex­ten­sive re­stric­tions be­ing im­posed again this year, there are num­ber of sim­ple ways that peo­ple can re­serve wa­ter ap­pro­pri­ately.

Wa­ter your gar­dens in the evening so the wa­ter is ad­sorbed overnight and not evap­o­rated dur­ing the heat of the day.

Do not leave hoses ning unat­tended.

Use the flush op­tion on the toi­let if it has one – a full flush uses around 15 litres of wa­ter. To re­duce the amount of wa­ter used by a stan­dard toi­let cis­tern, place a milk bot­tle of wa­ter

run- or brick in the cis­tern.

For wash­ing hands only turn on the tap half­way. You’ll still get enough wa­ter to do the job and won’t waste as much.

Turn off the tap when you’re not us­ing it.

In­stead of run­ning the wa­ter to rinse clothes or dishes, fill the tub or a bucket part way and use the wa­ter in that.

Use the shower in­stead of the bath – the av­er­age bath uses 180 litres of wa­ter but a shower only uses be­tween 40 and 100 litres. Shorter show­ers save more wa­ter.

Run ap­pli­ances such as your dish­washer and wash­ing ma­chine on the short cy­cle when pos­si­ble.

Wash your car us­ing a bucket and sponge, hos­ing only for a quick fi­nal rinse. By wash­ing the car on the lawn, your grass gets some wa­ter as well.

Reg­u­larly check taps, pipes and hoses for leaks as a con­tin­u­ously drip­ping tap can waste around 600 litres per day.

Re­mem­ber to keep an eye on to find out about the wa­ter sit­u­a­tion and whether there are any re­stric­tions put in place next month.

Splash­ing around: Chil­dren keen on read­ing had a fun time at the pools for the fi­nale of the Mata­mata Li­brary Hol­i­day read­ing pro­gramme om Fri­day. Over the hol­i­days, about 35 chil­dren signed up for the pro­gramme which en­tailed read­ing a min­i­mum of three books over the sum­mer, a colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion, craft ac­tiv­i­ties and of course the big pool party. Pic­tured from back, Stephen and Naomi Turner, Han­nah, Emma and Char­lotte Wood en­joyed soak­ing up the sun and hav­ing a dip af­ter sto­ry­teller Tanya Batt, who came all the way from Wai­heke Is­land, en­ter­tained them all with her tales. Spon­sored by Ki­wia­nis, the event is run ev­ery year by li­brary staff. Colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion win­ners were Shanay Marcer (11 to 13 years), Frankie An­der­son (8 to 10 years) and Rochelle Lind (5 to 7 years).

Take care: Mata­mata-pi­ako District Coun­cil is urg­ing res­i­dents to start con­serv­ing wa­ter now.

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