Water is a valuable resource and demands on its usage are always increasing. Even in places renowned for rain (like the West Coast) it is important that we don’t unnecessarily waste water. Below are a few water conservation hints that can help to save water.
Be aware of the amount of water you use and look for ways to use less.
A leaking tap can waste more than 350 litres of water each day. Check your taps and replace worn washers or valve seats as needed. Use low flow shower heads, aerators or flow restrictors. For older toilets, install a toilet dam or displacement device such as a brick or large stone. Always use fittings appropriately rated for your area, Westport in particular has very high water pressure. Use of appropriately rated pipes and fittings is especially important in pipes over 25m long or where a leak would go unnoticed.
Water your lawn or gardens only when it needs it. Landscape with trees and shrubs that require less water. Water gardens with a handheld hose or watering can rather than leaving a sprinkler unattended, consider collecting roof water for your garden.