Remember to use water responsibly during Auckland’s hot and dry summer months.
“Water is a precious natural resource and we can all do our bit to collect and conserve it while there is less rain,” says Craig Mcilroy, Auckland Council’s General Manager Healthy Waters.
Waiheke Islanders watch water supplies
Waiheke Islanders in particular are thinking about water conservation this summer. There is no reticulated water on the island, so all water is rainwater stored in household tanks, or bore water bought from suppliers.
“It is important that tank owners monitor their use and order more water when there is still enough left for around two weeks to allow some leeway while there is increased demand around the Island,” says Mr Mcilroy.
If buying water from non registered operators it may not be safe to drink or to use for washing yourself or food.
There are currently three operating registered water carriers on Waiheke (Wai Water, Waiheke Aqua and Island Water) and their water quality is tested regularly. This may not happen with other tanker suppliers.
Island visitors can help save water too
While Waiheke residents are paying attention to their water usage levels during the summer period, visitors should also be aware of what they can do to save water.
If you are holidaying on Waiheke this summer, you can help during your stay. Even small actions like filling the sink when washing dishes rather than rinsing can make a difference.
Auckland Council is working to increase the consented amount of water available to Waiheke residents and establish a monitoring system to assist with the low levels of rainfall expected.
Tips for saving water this summer
- Maximise your rain catchment by cleaning all your guttering regularly and checking for leaks and blockages.
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving. You will use around one litre of water instead of five litres.
- Wash full loads whenever possible. This will save water and energy.
- Use a bucket to catch water while the shower warms up. You can pour this water on your garden afterwards.
- Limit your showers to a few minutes.
- Reduce the need to wash towels by hanging them in direct sunlight after use.