Water Conservation Tips

(Posted on: February 1)

Summer has arrived in the Manawatū and over these warm and dry summer months, every drop of water counts.

The Council supplies water to nearly 15,000 people and industries across the district producing on average 520 litres of water a day for each person.

While we are in a great position to avoid needing any water restrictions, it is important to be mindful of just how much water each household is using.  

Water conservation is all about taking those little actions to educate those around us to manage the Council’s water supply sustainably.  

There are a number of easy ways to use less water – and to help make a difference.

Save water inside-

  • Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth  – this can save 6 litres of water a minute.
  • Fill a jug or bottle with tap water and place it in your fridge – this way, you don't have to leave the tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass.
  • Fix a dripping tap – a dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day.
  • Use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this cuts out unnecessary washes in between.
  • Take shorter showers – showering can use up to 18 litres of water a minute. If you cut your shower time from 10 minutes to five, you could save as much as 90 litres of water.

Save water outside-

  • Mulch your garden to keep moisture in – mulch can cut evaporation by up to 70 per cent.
  • Remove weeds – weeds compete for available moisture.
  • Control your hose with a trigger – you can stop and start the hose instantly and direct water where you need it, so you don't waste a drop.
  • Sweep paths and decks instead of hosing them clean.
  • Use a bucket of soapy water and a sponge to clean your car instead of a hose – this can save 10-15 litres of water a minute.