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Cope with another dry summer by SMART Watering

Wednesday, November 09, 2016   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: environmental health, water, gardening

Environment Canterbury media release: 2nd November 2016

SMART Watering.The SMART Watering campaign re-launched today in a bid to help home gardeners cope with another dry summer.

Five Canterbury districts have joined forces with IrrigationNZ, Canterbury’s regional council and two industry partners to help the region’s home gardeners make the best use of irrigation water this summer.Environment Canterbury welcomes all efforts to preserve water and use it efficiently.

Environment Canterbury Senior Manager Operational Support Nadeine Dommisee, said that in the rural context this is an important part of good management practice. “The equivalent for city dwellers and lifestyle block holders is SMART Watering. It informs gardeners how to apply water efficiently.”

Home gardeners, lifestyle irrigators, small businesses, sports grounds and schools are the target of the public awareness and education campaign which was piloted last summer in Timaru, Ashburton, Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts. This year Mackenzie District has joined the brand, whose partners also include Environment Canterbury and industry suppliers Water Supply Products and RX Plastics.

The SMART Watering campaign teaches urban gardeners how to apply water efficiently. Its wider roll-out follows on from the successful SMART Irrigation programme which guides irrigating farmers to ensure targeted and efficient water use.

This year’s campaign will focus on educating people about ‘drip irrigation’ – the most efficient way to apply water, the benefits of timers or controllers for home garden irrigation systems, and how to store and use rainwater within the garden.

Case studies have been produced in the five districts taking part showcasing a range of people and groups using water efficiently. These include an organic gardening set-up in Mid Canterbury, Lincoln University’s irrigation modernisation project, a family of four who grow all their own food near Kaiapoi, a park re-grassing project in Twizel and the South Canterbury Rugby Football Union’s collaboration with Timaru District Council, which has led to reduced irrigation on its sports fields.

“The campaign’s return shows the appetite that exists for SMART Watering information. Home gardeners can learn a lot from irrigating farmers. Knowing how much water plants and crops require, installing efficient systems for water application and the monitoring of soil moisture are practices everyone should employ” says IrrigationNZ CEO Andrew Curtis.

As part of the campaign, factsheets with tips on SMART Watering are available on:

Simple things like choosing early mornings or evenings to water your plants, setting a timer on the veggie patch sprinkler, investigating rain tanks on the roof, or selecting less water-hungry plants are recommended.

  • SMART stands for sustainably managed, accountable, responsible and trusted.
  • SMART Irrigation and SMART Watering practice rely on the same principles – checking that your system can apply water efficiently, that your use of water is justified and that you are monitoring and measuring as you go.
  • SMART Watering isn’t difficult and will save you time and money in the long term.
  • SMART Watering is sustainable watering – be part of the solution to conserve supply.

“The momentum that’s now being generated around SMART Watering is exciting. As well as Mackenzie District joining the Canterbury programme, we’re putting together a pilot campaign for the Bay of Plenty this summer. We’ve also had interest from the greater Wellington, Auckland and Central Otago regions. SMART Watering is an approach that has relevance for all New Zealanders,” says Mr Curtis.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch