Buller District Council

Reefton Water Supply

Water restrictions now in place for Reefton

2nd January, 2018

Due to low reservoir levels and higher than normal usage, consumers on the Reefton water supply are requested to restrict the amount of water they use each day.
To enable the treated water reservoir to recover, consumers are asked to restrict the amount of water used as much as possible. This includes garden irrigation, car washing and other extraordinary water usage

Restricted water use definition:

  • Limited use of water for operational and maintenance priorities as required for business sustainability.
  • Limited residential outdoor use with hand-held buckets, watering cans, water blasters and low flow devices/attachments
  • No high-use consumption/filling activites or general hard-surface hosing is permitted, including unattended sprinkler devices.

Water restrictions are a necessary precaution to delay the need for more stringent restrictions in the future, so we need to conserve water now.
These restrictions will stay in place until further notice.

Buller District Council appreciates residents’ cooperation during this time.

Water saving tips

Kitchen

  • Rinse or peel vegetables in a bowl or sink filled with water instead of running the tap – you could save up to 10 litres every minute
  • Wait until you have a full load before starting your dishwasher. When possible, use the eco-setting
  • Rinse dishes in a sink filled with water, rather than under a running tap
  • Keep a jug of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap water until cold

Bathroom

  • Turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth or shaving – you could save 10 litres of water a minute. Brush your teeth in the shower.
  • Reduce your shower time to three minutes or less
  • Keep baths to a minimum
  • Every time you flush the toilet you use 13–20 litres of water, so make sure you only flush when you need to. Or use a half-flush if your toilet is fitted with one.

Laundry

  • Wait until you have a full load before starting your washing machine or use the partial load settings

Gardening

  • Save water by only watering the garden when it needs it. Use only a hand held hose rather than a sprinkler
  • Water at cooler, less windy times of the day, in the morning or evening, to minimise evaporation and water wastage

Outside

  • Do not hose down paths and driveways; use a broom instead

 

 

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