TCDC updates water restrictions

Water restriction are currently in place in several townships across the Coromandel. File Photo.

Tairua is the only township that has a total hose ban currently in force, says the Thames-Coromandel District Council.

In Pauanui, Whangamata and Hahei there is a sprinkler ban in place, though locals living in those communities are allowed to use hand-held hoses on alternate days only.

This means even-numbered addresses will be allowed to use hand-held hoses on even-numbered days of the month, such as January 10. Similarly, odd -numbered addresses can use hand-held hoses on odd-numbered days, such as January 11.

While in Whitianga and Matarangi a sprinkler ban is currently in place.

Council also advises the Thames South supplies is still under permanent restriction, meaning there is a hose and sprinkler ban in Matatoki, and a sprinkler ban only in Puriri and Omahu.

There are currently no water restrictions in place in Thames, Onemana and Coromandel Town.

WATER CONSERVATION TIPS:

Because of the Coromandel's rugged geography, the district's water comes from a variety of natural sources, including streams and bores, explains council.

“These sources supply us not only with drinking water but water for firefighting. Please conserve this precious resource.”

  •   •  Wait until you can do full loads before you wash dishes or use the washing machine.

  •   •  Don't run the water when brushing your teeth.

  •   •  For cool drinking water, fill a jug and keep it in the fridge.

  •   •  Running water to cool it down can waste 10 litres a minute.

  •   •  For lawns, apply the ‘step test' – if grass springs back after you walk on it, it doesn't need watering.

  •   •  Please do not water the garden in the heat of the day; early morning or evening is better.

  •   •  If your toilet has a dual flush button, use the half flush.

  •   •  Fix any leaks or dripping taps.

  •   •  Please do not fill swimming pools.



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