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Think water sense this summer

Wednesday, December 11, 2019   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: environmental health, water, conservation

Selwyn District Council media release: 10th December 2019

Summer is here, and it’s time to start thinking about conserving water so we can all keep enjoying a reliable water service through the hotter and drier months.

Through good planning and investment in our water supplies, the Council is in a good position to meet increased water demand during summer, and there is no immediate need for mandatory water restrictions.

However water restrictions may be introduced requiring households to avoid watering lawns at specific times if demand for water increases over summer, Council Infrastructure Group Manager Murray Washington says.

“Water supplies are often placed under pressure during summer as many people decide to water their lawns and gardens at the same time. So we’re encouraging people to think about their water use. If everyone plays their part we should be able to avoid restrictions and provide water at a good pressure all summer long.”

To help this happen, the Council is recommending that people limit garden and lawn watering to after 9pm, to keep it away from peak usage times and ensure the sun doesn’t quickly evaporate the used water. If you are considering watering your lawn during the day, it is best to check the conditions and make sure that it won’t be too hot or windy when you do it, which would reduce the effectiveness of the water use.

Tips for managing your water use

  • Water your garden and lawn every few days rather than every day.
  • Water for shorter periods, for example, setting your system to run for three five-minute intervals over a couple of hours lets the soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes continuously
  • Use a watering can or hose
  • Check hoses or taps for leaks and make sure sprinklers are watering the plants not the driveway, footpath or buildings.

When to water your lawn infographic.

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