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The amount of water we use in summer is more than twice what we use during winter. This means we use the most water when there is the least available in the underground aquifers.
Council’s Water Asset Manager, Colin Roxburgh says that fortunately, the District’s water supplies are designed to cope with reasonable summer demands, however caution is advised to avoid the need for restrictions.
“Sometimes, at very dry times, our pumps struggle to keep up, or our reservoirs can get low. One of the reasons for this, is lots of people come home from work and water their garden. If everyone does this at the same time, the supply can struggle to cope and we have to put restrictions on.
We’ve seen the reservoirs in Cust and Oxford below half their normal levels already this summer, so it’s particularly important for these residents to use water wisely.”
There are some simple things people can do to avoid the need for restrictions and to help spread the water load.
“An obvious one is not watering your garden during peak times, which for the Waimakariri District is between 5pm and 9pm. Avoiding watering during this time frame will be a big help.”
Colin also says you’re better off giving the garden a good soak every three days, rather than watering it a little bit every day, and to keep water on the garden, not on the road or footpath.
“Hand-watering tricky areas with a hose saves over spray onto paved areas”, he says.
How you can help spread the load this summer: