Wa­ter re­stric­tions to start

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

In­creased wa­ter use and pre­dic­tions of a long hot sum­mer will see a re­stric­tion on the use of sprin­klers in the Taupo¯ Dis­trict from this week.

As­set man­ager wa­ter Tom Swindells says the level one re­stric­tions mean sprin­klers can only be used be­tween 7am and 9am and 7pm and 9pm each day. It is a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure to man­age sea­sonal de­mand and will hope­fully mean fur­ther re­stric­tions can be avoided.

“As the dis­trict fills up with vis­i­tors and tem­per­a­tures rise, de­mand for wa­ter in­creases dra­mat­i­cally,” he said. “Last year we saw an in­crease in de­mand of 50 per cent across the dis­trict in Jan­uary and we are ex­pect­ing a sim­i­lar in­crease this year, so we are ask­ing res­i­dents to act now to re­duce de­mand.

“Many peo­ple have the im­pres­sion that be­cause we have the lake at the cen­tre of the dis­trict we have an un­lim­ited sup­ply of drink­ing wa­ter but the wa­ter we take from the lake has to be treated and pumped to houses, so drink­ing wa­ter is a re­source that comes with a cost that we have to man­age care­fully.

“The more wa­ter we have to treat, the more it costs and a lot of that wa­ter just ends up on lawns.”

Wa­ter­ing be­tween 7am and 9am and 7pm and 9pm avoids the heat of the day and means you can still main­tain lawns and gar­dens.

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