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Time to start thinking about conserving water

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Although Hawke’s Bay received a good dollop of rain recently, Hastings and Napier residents are encouraged to actively use less water as summer approaches.

Almost every year, low water levels hit the region, often prompting water restrictions to be put in place.

If everybody does their bit to conserve water, however, townies are less likely to face critical shortages over the hot, dry months ahead.

This week the Hastings District Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Napier City Council launched their combined “Saving H2O Is The Way To Go” campaign.

Local people have come on board to help with the campaign, voluntarily sharing tips and tricks that show small actions can make a big difference to prevent water wastage.

A Water Warriors competition is also running on The Hits, to help show what local households can do to cut back on water use.

Drew from Hastings says a good idea is not to do the clothes washing until you have a full load, saving 1400 litres of water a month.

“Watering well once a week means a healthier lawn, and more water for us all,” advises Anna from Greenmeadows, and Ian from Ahuriri says he uses a directional sprinkler so he doesn’t water the concrete – just the lawn.

Other tips include lifting the lawnmower blade up a notch so grass is longer and doesn’t dry out so fast, not filling the bath up too high, and not letting the water run while brushing teeth.

On rural properties, people are also urged to consider how they manage, use and save water.

By making small changes as individuals, Hawke’s Bay people can make a big difference collectively when it comes to conserving water.

Keep your ears open and your eyes peeled in the weeks ahead and get on board with this fun campaign that will help you do your bit to be careful with water, and ensure there is enough for everyone.

The water conservation messages will be spread through radio, papers, social media, the councils’ websites and digital ads, and run until the end of March.

For more information about water conservation go to the Napier City Council, Hastings District Council and/or Hawke’s Bay Regional Council websites – remember, a run of hot weather doesn’t have to mean we run out of water.

Photo: Only washing the windows of your car can save 100 litres of water.

18 November 2019

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