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Be sensible with water as summer approaches

Wednesday, November 15, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: gardens, water, conservation, gardening

Selwyn District Council media release: 14th November 2017

Summer is on its way, and we want to ensure properties connected to Council water supplies can enjoy good water service during the warmer time of year.

A dog carrying a watering can in its mouth.High rainfall during winter means the Council is in a good position to meet increased water demand during summer, with no immediate need for mandatory water restrictions.

However, we do ask residents to consider changing their lawn irrigation timing to help keep the water networks stable. Water supplies are placed under pressure during summer as many people decide to water their lawns and gardens at the same time.

So that we can continue to supply households with water over summer, and to help conserve water, we are recommending that residents on Council water supplies try to water lawns between 9am and 4pm and 9pm and 6am (most recommended). These are times when households use the least water.

Water restrictions may be introduced requiring households to avoid watering lawns at specific times, if demand for water increases over summer. Summer water restrictions are commonly used in New Zealand as a way to manage demand for water.

When to water your lawn or garden

The best time to irrigate is between 9pm and 6am, or alternatively between 9am and 4pm. Avoid irrigating between 6 and 9am or 4 to 9pm.

Check weather conditions before watering. Watering your lawn during the middle of the day, during hot days or when a nor’west is blowing results in a lot of water evaporating. Watering on a cooler overcast day is a better option as water has the opportunity to soak into your lawn or garden.

The best time to irrigate is between 9pm– 6am, or alternatively between 9am–4pm. Avoid irrigating between 6–9am or 4–9pm.

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