Holidaymakers and Banks Peninsula locals are being asked to conserve water over the upcoming summer period.
The water supply network is under more pressure at this time of year as temperatures rise and people flock to the area.
Making small changes can result in a big reduction in your water use.
The seasonal outlook from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) indicates that Banks Peninsula will have average or below average rainfall, which will likely result in less water in streams. Dry and strong northwest winds are also expected over this period.
“In the past our water supplies in Akaroa, Takamatua, and Duvauchelle have come under a lot of pressure at this time of year,” says Head of Three Waters Brent Smith.
“Being thoughtful about how much water you’re using will reduce the chance of severe water restrictions later in the season, and means everyone gets their fair share.”
“It’s the usual suspects that use a lot of water – unsupervised sprinklers and irrigation systems that aren’t set up properly. Changing your outdoor watering habits can make a big difference.”
“Three to five minutes of water every second day will keep plants in good condition during the summer. Targeted hand-watering with a hose or watering can is best, and watering early in the morning or after 9pm reduces evaporation.”
“Our Banks Peninsula network relies on small streams supplemented by wells. In the summer months the streams don’t provide as much water.”
“Everyone can do their bit to help us manage demand on our water supply network this summer by using water like we oughta.”
“We’re doing our best to lead by example and have a leak detection programme underway to reduce the amount of wasted water leaking from Council pipes.
You can check your water use, learn how to find and fix leaks, and get tips for reducing your water use this summer on our website.