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Don’t run dry this summer

Wednesday, November 1, 2023   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: water, water management, conservation, advice, summer

Selwyn District Council media release: 1st November 2023

The hot weather is coming and it’s time to make sure we’re being smart with our water use and make sure we don’t run dry this summer.

NIWA is forecasting a hot, dry, windy summer for Selwyn with El Niño. That’s why we’re reminding residents to use water wisely through simple habits that help your garden, save you money and help keep water flowing for everyone without water restrictions.

Now is the time to get into good habits, Council Acting Executive Director Infrastructure and Property Murray England says.

“Everyone has a part in making sure we have enough water throughout summer. With the winds we’ve had things are drying out fast, but the good news is there’s lots of simple things we can all do that are good for your garden, the environment, your wallet and the wider community. Things like watering efficiently and using the water clock to water outside of peak times, it all adds up to a better summer for everyone.”

Tips for saving water at home

  • Skip some days watering to keep your plants strong.
    Water your garden and lawn every few days rather than every day. Watering every day encourages roots to develop at the surface, making them more vulnerable to hot dry spells.
  • Water for shorter.
    Watering for three 5-minute intervals over a couple of hours lets the soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes continuously.
  • Use a watering can on your garden.
    It uses less water and gives you more control to water at the roots, where the plants need the water to grow strong — not on the leaves.
  • Water what needs it.
    Your driveway, footpath, or buildings don't need watering. Consider not watering your berm or your lawn too. Let it die off during summer to save money on your water rates and wear and tear on your lawn mower.
  • Mulch or cover.
    Covering the soil with mulch or organic matter keeps moisture in thesoil, protects roots from sun and wind and reduces weeds.
  • Check for leaks.
    Inspect hoses and taps.

Get more water saving tips.