Te Kuiti now on Level 4 Water Restriction

29 Mar 2016, 12:00 PM

Te Kuiti residents and businesses connected to Waitomo District Council's water supply are urged to not use water for activities that are non-essential. Things like washing cars, filling swimming pools and water blasting property should be avoided until further notice.

With the Great NZ Muster coming up on the April 2, WDC have made plans for the post event clean-up effort. A non-potable water source has been identified and will be used by Council’s roading contractor. We are making that arrangement to demonstrate our part in observing the water restrictions.

There are many simple ways to conserve water around the home. 

  • Remind visitors and guests in your home that our district is conserving water.
  • Do full loads in the clothes washer and dishwasher.
  • Fill the sink to wash vegetables and rinse dishes.
  • 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.
  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth or shaving. Leaving the tap trickling with water wastes about five litres a minute.
  • Make sure your bathtub drain plug doesn’t leak. Replace it if necessary.
  • Install of a low-flow showerhead can save the average household 1,000 litres of water per week – and save energy costs, too.
  • Using the half-flush on the toilet when appropriate will save about 5,000 litres of water per person each year.
  • Time your shower and promote shorter showers in the home. Twenty-five percent of water use at home is for showers and baths, so there can be big water savings here.
  • Fix leaky taps and toilet cisterns right away – a small, regular drip can waste hundreds of litres of water a week.
  • Check outdoor taps, pipes, and connections regularly for possible leaks.
  • Use a broom to sweep sidewalks and paved areas. Using a hose for this can waste as much as 1,000 litres of water per hour.

Notify Council if you suspect a water leak on free phone 0800 932 4357.