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Thumbs up to summer water conservation efforts

Western Bay residents and holidaymakers alike are being encouraged to keep up the good work when it comes to water conservation this summer.

Summer water restrictions haven’t been imposed in the Western Bay since 2013 and Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s Utilities Manager Kelvin Hill intends to keep it that way.

As the dry summer kicks in, the District’s water supply is holding but demand is increasing daily, prompting a reminder for everyone to practise smart water use.

“Year on year, more holidaymakers enjoy summer in the region and, overall, I think there’s a greater understanding of the importance of careful water use over this period,” says Kelvin.

"Everyone has been doing well so far and I encourage people to keep on top of their water use.”

While the District’s reservoirs are looking healthy at present, the current dry spell looks set to last all this month and, with daily demand increasing, levels will quickly be depleted, says Kelvin.

“If the dry spell continues and reservoirs aren’t kept at manageable levels to meet regular demand we may have to put water restrictions in place.

"There are many ways to conserve water and if we all play our part and use water wisely, Council will hopefully avoid imposing restrictions.”

Tips for smart water use include installing a shower head with a low flow rate, turning off the tap when brushing teeth or shaving and using a bowl to scrub vegetables in the kitchen sink, rather than under a running tap.

Irrigating gardens can use a lot of water too. It’s best to water plants in the early morning or evening to minimise evaporation. Placing mulch around plants also reduces water loss.

For more information on how to conserve water visit Council’s website here.

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