Water shortages over the summer months are not uncommon in New Zealand and early predictions are that it may be an issue over the 2019/2020 summer.
Currently, ground water levels are quite low and with a lower than average rainfall predicted for the coming months, it is important everyone takes action to conserve water now to help prepare for summer.
Getting through summer without compulsory water restrictions is better for all of us, and small changes as individuals can make a big difference collectively.
Tips and tricks for conserving water in your home
- Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth
- Use less water in the bath and have shorter showers (a bath can use up to 80 litres of water while a shower uses less than half of that)
- Flush the toilet less often.
- Store a bottle of drinking water in the fridge to help avoid running more water than you need for a glass of water.
- Put the plug in the sink when washing vegetables and avoid running the tap.
- Use the dishwasher for full loads only. Each load uses 40 to 80 litres of water!
- Wait until you have a full load of washing or make sure you set the machine for smaller loads. A full washing machine uses about 150 litres of water in just one wash.
For more tips, visit the Be Waterwise website and Check your local Council website to stay up-to-date with water levels, predicted rainfall, and any compulsory water restrictions.
It is particularly important that you carefully consider how you manage, use and save water as it is possible that you may not be able to get water delivered if water levels drop. If you do need to have water delivered, use a registered water carrier so you can be sure you get uncontaminated water.
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