Rain or no rain, water use re­stric­tions pre­vail

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Due to pro­longed dry weather and the in­crease in peo­ple wa­ter­ing their gar­dens, South Waikato District Coun­cil has in­tro­duced water re­stric­tions.

Sprin­klers are banned and hand-held wa­ter­ing de­vices are per­mit­ted only from 6am till 8am and 6pm till 8pm.

Should the sit­u­a­tion worsen there will be a com­plete ban on out­door wa­ter­ing.

‘‘While the weather has fore- cast rain this week, this does not nec­es­sar­ily mean that re­stric­tions will be lifted,’’ said coun­cil ser­vices man­ager An­drew Pas­coe. ‘‘The re­stric­tions will re­main in place un­til such time as water ta­ble lev­els have been re­plen­ished.’’

Mr Pas­coe said Ara­puni was the worst af­fected area.

‘‘Pumps are run­ning 24/7 to keep up with de­mand in Ara­puni. Res­i­dents need to curb their water use to avoid breach­ing the re­source con­sent limit.’’

The coun­cil will keep peo­ple up­dated.

Did you know that a sprin­kler sys­tem can use more than 1000 litres of water an hour?

If you shorten your shower by a minute or two you could save up to 680 litres of water a month.

A drip­ping tap can waste more than 7000 litres of water a year.

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