Water conservation tips for all

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 handy tips to conserve water this summer.

With all the water that surrounds us in our beautiful district, it’s all too easy to think of it as a free resource - one that will never run out. But that isn’t entirely the case.

There’s only a certain amount of water in our rivers, streams, and especially in summer the amount of water available in rivers slows down, while what we all use increases. We have seen a significant rise in water usage these last weeks.

Water usage in our daily lives adds up fast, meaning that we have to tap into our stored water. This stored water is critical for getting through long dry periods which could lie ahead of us.

Water conservation starts at in an around the house!

Usage of water in and around the house adds up to some big numbers.

Did you know that in the Tararua District on average each person uses 250-300 litres of water per day?

In a typical household, water consumption is fairly evenly split between:

Water consumption graph

Water usage in our daily lives adds up fast, meaning that we have had to tap into our stored water. This stored water is critical for getting through long dry periods which could lie ahead of us. The best way to avoid water restrictions, or to have them quickly removed is water conservation.

Here are some handy water saving tips:

Infographic water conservation tips

Here are some more handy tips for you on how to prepare for dry weather and to conserve water

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Please also regularly check the Bush Telegraph, council’s facebook page, and the Water Restrictions Signs to find out what water restriction level you’re in, and what each water restriction level means.

Water Tanks: What Size and Where To Get Them?

Rainwater tanks may provide all or some of the household’s water needs. We recommend contacting a local rainwater tank supplier to get the right advice on what size and type of tank will best meet your needs on your property. The requirement for whether your tank may need a building consent depends on:

  • the size of the rainwater tank
  • what you want to use the water for
  • your location

You can read up on when a building consent is required here. Alternatively, you can contact our building team.

How Can I Create a Catchment System for Myself?

There are plenty of free resources available online which will help teach you how to build different catchment systems.

Below is a collection of resources. Tararua District Council do not endorse the companies listed and accept no responsibility for the products or services they provide.

Collecting and using rainwater | Smarter Homes

How to set up a rainwater collection system in a small garden | thisNZlife

23 DIY rainwater harvesting ideas | Morning Chores

Rainwater harvesting | Smart Water