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Water Conservation Tips

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This page contains information and handy tips about how to conserve water.
Updated: 29/04/2020 9:04 p.m.

Where does the water go on a daily basis?

  • cooking, drinking and hand washing - 25 litres per person.
  • bathing - 80 litres per person.
  • showers - 30 litres per person.
  • toilet - 3-9 litres per flush (dual flush).
  • automatic washing machine - 49-100 litres per wash (depending on efficiency of machine).
  • dishwasher - up to 35 litres per wash.
  • dripping tap - can waste up to 3640 litres per year (thats more than a bath-full each week).
  • a hose or garden sprinkler - can use between 1000 and 2000 litres per hour.

Checking for water leaks

Is your water bill higher than it should be? For information about how to check for water leaks, follow the link below.


Use Water Sensibly

Level 3 Water Restrictions are now in Force - do not use hoses, sprinklers, or irrigation systems at home.

Dry weather is affecting our water supply, and it's reduce consumption where we can.

Top 6 smart water conservation tips

  1. Wait until you have a full load before you turn on the dishwasher or washing machine.
  2. Turn the water off while you are brushing your teeth or lathering soap on your hands.
  3. Keep a jug of drinking water in the fridge and keep it topped up. If you run the tap long enough for water to cool down it can waste 10 litres a minute.
  4. Capture "greywater" in a bucket when you are showering, doing dishes or using water that can be used again on your garden or to flush a toilet.
  5. If your toilet has a dual-flush button, use the half flush and think twice about whether you really need to flush.
  6. Let the car go dusty – let it show what a conscious water conserver you are.

Read a summary of the response to the Summer 2019-2020 dry weather, what Council is doing about it and what locals can do to save water.


Conserve water... and save money

The average New Zealand family uses between 250-300 litres of water per person per day. Below is helpful information on your water supply, how to minimise your water bill and conserve water.

  • when buying new appliances, look for the AAA Water Conservation rating.
  • make sure dripping taps and leaking pipes are dealt with as quickly as possible.
  • if you have a washing machine or dishwasher, wait until there is a full load, or alternatively, use half-load facilities if available.
  • in the bathroom, turn off the tap while you clean your teeth or use a mug of water.
  • try reducing the amount of water in the bath or, if you have a shower, use that instead.
  • when washing your hands, put the plug in the sink instead of letting the tap run.
  • use a cistern weight or a brick within the toilet cistern to reduce water when flushing.
  • switch off auto flush systems at night.
  • in the garden use only buckets or watering cans, and water plants at times of low evaporation. Washing up or vegetable water is safe to use.
  • use mulch to help retain moisture and keep out thirsty weeds.
  • grow plants that flourish in dry conditions.
  • soak your garden every few days rather than a quick drink every night, as this will encourage the roots to go deeper into the soil to seek out moisture.
  • when washing the car use a bucket rather than a hose.
  • when on holiday, turn your water off.



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