Water watch – Level 3 district wide sprinkler ban

Dry, hot summer forces Matamata-Piako into level 3 water restrictions

We are asking residents to save water as the district heads into level 3 water restrictions.

Restrictions at this level ban the use of sprinklers, garden irrigation systems, water blasting or any other unnecessary water usage. We want to encourage everyone to continue to conserve water wherever possible inside and outside of the home and office.

We have been pushing the water conservation message since November 2018, in the hopes to avoid further restrictions. MPDC Service Delivery manager Fiona Vessey said a mix of very little rain and dry conditions means our water services are under extreme pressure   

“It will take a significant amount of rain to replenish our water supplies. We are urging our community to not use sprinklers or irrigation systems and conserve as much as possible.

“Every little bit makes a big difference, so replace washers on leaky taps, water the garden with a hand held hose and don’t run the water while brushing your teeth,” she said.

Fiona said the district can very quickly go into level 4 restrictions if we don't get any rain in the coming weeks. Level 4 is a total water ban outside the house. 

"If you aren't conserving water at the moment, please start to help us prevent further restrictions."   

Keep an eye on the MPDC Facebook page for water conservation tips and how you can win a shower timer for your family.

For more water saving tips please see our website www.mpdc.govt.nz/water/water-conservation

Our water alert system consists of four levels:

Level 1: Conserve water
Water supply is expected to come under pressure.

Level 2: Water on alternate days

The water supply is under considerable pressure and significant savings are required. Hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems can only be used on alternate days (even street numbers on even days; odd street numbers on odd days).

 Level 3: Sprinkler ban

 At this level the water supply is under extreme pressure. Hand held hoses should only be used on alternate days and sprinklers, garden irrigation systems, unattended hoses, unnecessary water blasting and other water use is banned.

Level 4: Total watering ban

At this level the water supply level is critical and Waikato Regional Council restrictions may have been applied. All use of water outside the house is banned.

There are many things you can do to help conserve water around your home, including:

  • Do not use sprinklers when restrictions are in place.
  • Water your gardens in the evening so the water is adsorbed over night & not evaporated during the heat of the day.
  • Do not leave hoses running unattended.
  • Use the ½ flush option on the toilet if it has one - a full flush uses around 15 litres of water. To reduce the amount of water used by a standard toilet cistern, place a milk bottle of water or brick in the cistern.
  • For washing hands only turn on the tap half way – you’ll still get enough water to do the job and won’t waste as much.
  • Turn off the tap when you’re not using it – for example, when you’re brushing your teeth only turn the tap on when you need to rinse.
  • Use the plug – instead of running water to rinse your clothes or dishes, fill the tub or a bucket part way and use the water in that.
  • Fix dripping taps and leaking hoses.
  • Use the shower instead of the bath – the average bath uses 180 litres of water, but a shower only uses between 40 and 100 litres. The shorter shower you take, the more water you’ll be saving.
  • Run appliances such as your dishwasher and washing machine on the short cycle when possible.
  • Wash your car using a bucket and sponge, hosing only for a quick final rinse. By washing the car on the lawn, your grass gets some water as well.
  • Regularly check taps and pipes for leaks – a continuously dripping tap can waste around 600 litres per day.

WR Level 3