Our goal is to reduce water consumption across the district by 25%.
You can help by following these guidelines:
- Only wash clothes when you have a full load. A washing machine uses about 150 litres of water per wash
- Use the dishwasher for full loads only. Each load uses 40 to 80 litres of water
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
- Put the plug in the sink when washing vegetables and don’t leave the tap running
- Mulch your garden with grass clippings or compost. Mulching prevents up to 70 per cent of water loss through evaporation
- Put a half full soft drink bottle in your toilet cistern to reduce the quantity of water you flush
- Flush the toilet less often
- Use less water in the bath. A bath can use up to 80 litres of water
- Take shorter showers. A shower uses about 8 litres of water a minute
- Soak your garden once every few days rather than giving it a quick drink every night. Light watering makes the plants shallow rooted, and most of the water is wasted through evaporation. Soaking the ground every few days encourages the roots to go deeper into the soil to seek out moisture
- Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge to avoid running more water than you need for a glass of water
Visit Be water wise for tips how to save water.
Our current situation is severe. Water levels are very low across the district with no significant rain predicted by forecasters for the next few weeks or even longer. All Council water supplies are now on water restrictions. To avoid more restrictions or interrupted water supplies, we need everyone to immediately reduce their water use by 25 per cent, whether on public supply or private rainwater tanks.
Level 4 water restrictions are in place for the below water supplies:
Level 3 restrictions, which means no use of hoses or sprinklers, are in place for Opononi-Omapere.
Level 2 restrictions are in place for the other Council water schemes at Kerikeri and Okaihau.
Users connected to Council water supplies can apply for an exemption to water restrictions if they are adversely impacted. Exemptions have stringent rules for water use, such as using sprinklers only at night and providing weekly water meter readings to the Council.
You will have to reapply for exemptions if water restriction levels are increased. To apply, use the exemption form(PDF, 70KB) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop into the nearest Council Service Centre. A decision will be made and the applicant notified within 10 working days.
See how your town is tracking towards its 25% water reduction target.
The period 6 Jan-2 Feb includes supply to bulk water carriers that draw water from Kaitaia, Paihia, Kerikeri and Moerewa, which will account for a small percentage of town use.
The period 4 Feb-10 Feb represents domestic use only and excludes bulk water carriers. The spike in use in Kerikeri and Paihia is likely due to the tourist influx to these areas for Waitangi Day.