We're upgrading our city's below-ground well heads to help end temporary chlorination. To finish the job, we need everyone to reduce their water use. Your family can play a big part by following these water saving tips.
Talk with your family about ways to save water or challenge each other around what they did today to reduce their waste.
Check all taps on your property for leaks. Even one drip a second can waste over 5,000 litres per year.
Water before 6am or after 9pm, and only when it's not windy, otherwise water can evaporate before being used by plants.
Use a trigger gun nozzle on a hand-held hose or watering can.
A tank ensures you have fresh water available, and can be a key water source for your family in a natural disaster.
Try watering on alternate days: even street numbers on even days, odd street numbers on odd days. A deep soak is better than frequent light watering.
Install a shower timer (or water-efficient shower head) and save up to 3700 litres of water per month!
Set a challenge for everyone to turn off the tap while brushing their teeth.
Ensure that your dishwasher is full before running a load.
Wash fruit and vegetables in a bowl of water, then pour the water onto pot plants.
Use a more water-efficient front loader and ensure you always have a full load.
Reducing laundry by one load can save up to 50 litres of water per week!
Most summers, the demand for water in Christchurch can double or even triple. When this happens, we need to draw water from all of our city's wells to cope with demand.
This year, we want to be able to shut down some of these wells so we can continue our well head upgrade programme. A key outcome of the programme will be regaining our secure water supply status.
Simply put, the less water you use, the faster we can work, which is our best chance of ending temporary chlorination within our 12-month deadline.
Additionally, when water use is very high, the city may be using water faster than we can pump it and fill the reservoirs. This can lead to supply issues and reduced pressure. Reduced pressure is worrying as this can impact the effectiveness of activities like fire-fighting.
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