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Water restrictions in full force in Coromandel

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Residents and visitors continue to use large amounts of water and as a result the Coromandel network is under significant pressure.

The Thames Coromandel District Council is urging people to comply with the water restrictions.

Whitianga, Hahei, Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata now move to a total watering ban due to the community not being responsive to the water restrictions in place, a TCDC spokesperson says. “This means the demand for water has continued to increase and savings are required immediately.”

All use of water outside the house is banned, this includes watering lawns and gardens, washing cars, boats, houses, and decks, filling paddling pools and playing under sprinklers.

Coromandel Town, Matarangi and Onemana moves to a sprinkler ban. A total ban on the use of all sprinklers, unattended hoses and irrigation systems. Hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days: If your address is an even number you can use your hose on even numbered days, and vice versa for odd numbered houses.

All other parts of the Coromandel are on a conserve water restriction, which means residents and holidaymakers are being asked to keep using water carefully to ensure the supply continues, the spokesperson says.

“A reminder to residents and visitors that our Water Supply Bylaw took effect from Thursday 19 December, which means that boat washing is restricted when we have water shortages.”

“Washing down a boat can use a lot of water, which is a challenge during peak summer periods when domestic water demand is high at the same time,” says Bruce Hinson, TCDC operations group manager.

“Of course, we recognise its summer, but we need people to be mindful and not waste water, we don’t want to get into a situation where people are without water for essential purposes.”

“Washing the boat down with a handheld hose during these times is in the same category as restrictions for using a hose to water your garden,” says Bruce.

“However, if it’s just flushing out the boat’s motor, that’s not a problem, as it’s considered ordinary use to keep the boat operating.”

Please report water wastage and water leaks to the customer services team on 07 868 0200.

What can people do to conserve water?

There are a number of simple ways in which people can reduce water use around the house while enjoying what the Coromandel has to offer.

Inside

Fill the sink to wash vegetables and rinse dishes.

Turn the tap off while you are brushing your teeth.

Only use your dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load.

Promote shorter showers and shallower baths.

Use a bowl to scrub vegetables in the kitchen sink. You can pour the water on your plants.

Keep water in a covered jug in the fridge. It saves running the tap to get cold water.

If the toilet leaks or a tap drips, fix it right away.

Outside

If you have to water the garden, do it in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation.

Use a broom instead of the hose to clean paths and driveways.

Check taps, pipes, and connections regularly for possible leaks.

If you have rainwater storage, use this supply to water the garden or when you need to wash your car or boat.

Holiday Habits

Remind visitors and guests that water supplies are limited.

When washing the car, boat, trailer, jet ski etc. limit the use of the hose to a quick spray at the beginning then wash using a bucket. A running hose can waste as much as 10 litres of water a minute.

Visit the website at www.tcdc.govt.nz/water for more information on water conservation and water use restrictions.

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