We want you to think about using water differently in summer than you do in winter. From December to April, we're asking you to choose to use less.
In the past we managed the city's water supply by implementing mandatory restrictions. This year, for the second summer in a row, we're trying something different.
Summer water use means only using unattended hoses and sprinklers on your lawn or garden every second day – and then only between 7pm and 9pm. Your day is based on your house number: even houses water on even days, and odd houses on odd days.
This is essentially the same as a Level 2 water restriction but is voluntary.
We're asking people to start these efforts from December, through to April.
Many other councils use this model already and their residents love how much easier it makes things.
Palmy's water comes from the Turitea Dam and 10 bores around the city and villages. Ashhurst, Longburn and Bunnythorpe each have only one bore to supply them.
Moving to summer water use is not about having insufficient water but rather being careful stewards of a precious resource. Our city is extremely fortunate compared to many others around the country. We have planned well and have a range of plentiful water sources available.
This is about showing that we value water, and don't waste it. It focuses on choosing to minimise our water use over summer, changing our behaviour long-term, and valuing water as the incredibly precious taonga it is.
We think Palmy, Ashhurst, Longburn and Bunnythorpe will get behind a conservation effort like this as we know our residents place great value on our environment. We saw the power of your conservation efforts back in September 2020 when our main water pipe to the city broke and due to your amazing efforts, we were able to save more than 100,000 litres of water an hour!
Every year we get lots of enquiries asking when water restrictions will start. This approach means you won't have to wonder. We will only move to compulsory restrictions on outdoor water use if our water conservation efforts aren't enough, and we have concerns about a water shortage in the near future.