At this time of the year, many places in New Zealand are on Water Level restrictions. While the Cambridge area is still on a Level 1 restriction, neighbouring areas like Te Awamutu and Ohaupo have been escalated to a Level 4. There are many things we can do daily to help reduce our consumption so check out our top tips below!
When was the last time you thought about your water usage? These days when we’re so busy it’s easy to take for granted the widely available resources we are lucky enough to have in our country! While we all should be mindful about our consumption of water all-year-round, the summer time is arguably the most vital.
With the recent water level restrictions coming into play, we wanted to do our bit to encourage mindful water consumption! Here are some top tips and small changes you can make and encourage your family to enforce! Every drop makes a difference!
1. Reduce mindless usage of the taps:
2. Check your home for leaks:
A leaky outdoor tap can really add up when it comes to wasted water. Leaky toilets are also super common! Here’s a super easy test to check for a leaky toilet. Place a few drops of food colouring in your toilet upper tank. Leave for 30 minutes without flushing and then check the bowl of the toilet for any colour. Clear water means a leak-free toilet!
3. Forget dish double-dipping!
Many of us leave the tap running while we’re doing the dishes to rinse off the suds. If you have a double sink, fill one half with hot water for washing and the other with cold water for rinsing. Start by filling the cold water sink and when the water gets warm fill the hot water side for washing!
4. Revamp your showering habits:
Firstly, consider taking shorter showers. Use a kitchen timer to limit yourself to 5 minutes or less. Consider taking colder showers, especially in summer, it has numerous health benefits and prevents the water wastage while you’re waiting for the shower to warm up. Also, pop a bucket or two in the base of your shower. Pop the water under your fruit trees or roses! Morag did this in her shower the other day and collected 46 litres. Consider turning the water off while you apply shampoo or shave too!
5. Cover your pool:
While you may be using the swimming pool a lot in this summer heat, take the extra few minutes to pop the pool cover over again once you’re done! It helps retain the water temperature and reduces evaporation!
6. Water your garden by hand:
If you have already reached a higher water level restriction, sprinklers are currently prohibited in anyway. So return to watering your garden by hand. Gives you a chance to get a closer look at your plants too! Also remember to only water in the early morning and evening to prevent evaporation! Between 6 and 8 at each end of the day is ideal.
7. Collect rainwater:
While we aren’t getting too much rain at the moment, we can apparently expect some in the coming week. We’ve recently installed a water collection system on Dad’s new shed so we can capture water for the gardens! However, it can be as easy as putting a few buckets outside!
8. Washing Machine usage:
Aim to only run full loads of washing though the machine! And consider using the express setting where possible. If your washing machine allows, collect the greywater and spread into the garden. Remember to dry your washing outdoors too while we can. Save some electricity by giving the dryer a break!
9. It’s the little things:
Empty half drunk water from glasses into your houseplants! If you drop some ice cubes on the way back from the freezer, pop these into your pet's water bowls too. Saves a little water and cools their drink down too!
For more water saving tips we highly recommend checking out the Smart Water website here.
Do you have any water consumption tips you’d like to share? Pop your advice down in the comment section below!
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