Clutha District Council Media
Monday 19 December 2016
Standard ‘Summer Mode’ water
restrictions now underway
The recent warmer, and now windy
weather, means our normal ‘Stage One-Summer Mode’ water restrictions are in
place for the entire Clutha District as of today (19 December 2016).
Service Delivery Group
Manager Jules Witt said these restrictions mean watering your garden can
only take place from 8pm in the evening until 8am in the morning – not during
Watering systems and sprinklers
may be used during 8pm to 8am, but should not be left unattended and the you
must ensure the water is not being used wastefully.
Mr Witt said these minor
restrictions are about getting people into the habit of using water
conservatively and hopefully avoiding more severe restrictions if dry
conditions do prevail throughout summer.
“It is also important to note that
while many of the district’s water schemes have plentiful sources, restrictions
are required during times of high demand because the treatment plants and pipe
capacity of schemes restrict the amount of water that can be delivered to
consumers,” Mr Witt said.
This is also a reminder for those
on the rural water schemes to check for leaks and continue to be vigilant about
not wasting water.
Again, this will reduce the
likelihood of more stringent restrictions in the future.
Exemptions may be granted by
Council on a case-by-case basis to commercial properties and for irrigation
depending on the level of restrictions in place, the extent of the dry period,
and the time of the year.
Other tips for conserving water
Report water leaks in council pipes and fittings to your nearest council
office, or call 0800 801 350 if outside of business hours.
Fix drips and leaks in your own plumbing and outdoor troughs etc.
Water the garden in the early morning or evening, and only as necessary.
Don’t leave water running unnecessarily.
Showers are more economical than baths.
Use a bucket to wash the car.