Water conservation tips

It’s the little things that make a huge difference when it comes to water conservation. Tararua District Council is encouraging you to do your part with these #10wiseways to conserve water this summer.

#1  Cook food in as little water as possible (this also helps it retain more nutrients!).

#2  Turning off the water while you brush your teeth can save up to 15 litres a minute. That’s up to 750 litres a week for a family of four!

#3  Using a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways will save water every time!

#4  Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. Were a pipe to burst, this could save litres of water and prevent damage.

#5  Flushing the toilet uses between 5 and 12 litres every time – flush when you need to and avoid using the bog as a bin!

#6   Be a leak detective! A dripping tap can waste up to 90 litres of water per week. Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.

#7  Showers are one of the biggest culprits in the home for water usage, shortening your shower by a minute or two can save up to 500 litres per month – even turning off the water while washing your hair can make a huge difference.

#8  Wait until you have a full load of washing before using your washing machine. A full load uses less water than two half loads.

#9  Watering the garden in the heat of the day can cause leaf burn and excessive evaporation, wait until a cooler time of the day before watering plants or gardens.

#10   When you find yourself with really grubby hands, fill the basin rather than washing under the running tap.

Get involved - help us share the conservation message!

You can help us spread the message! All of our campaign resources are available for you to download below and we encourage you to contact us if you would like to discuss other ways that you can help, give us a call on 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110 or email info@tararuadc.govt.nz.