Tasman District Council Issues Conserve Water Notice

Friday 20 December 2013

Due to the recent period of dry weather and increasing demand on the Council’s water supplies, a Conserve Water Notice is now in place in the urban areas of Richmond*, Mapua – Ruby Bay, Brightwater, Hope, Wakefield, Tapawera and their rural extensions.

This also applies to the rural water supply schemes of Redwood Valley, 88 Valley, and Dovedale, and to owners of private domestic wells in the areas subject to rationing.

* Richmond includes Daelyn Drive, Taranaki Place, Joyce Place, Kingi Place, John Sutton Place and Hill Street North including Mako Street, Marino Street and Iti Lane and the Wakatu Industrial Estate.

This notice will be reviewed 6 January 2014.

Water Saving Tips

Report Leaks

If you see water seeping through the road or footpath please report it to Tasman District Council Customer Services, phone 03 543 8400.


  • Water during the cool morning or evening to minimise evaporation.
  • Place the sprinkler where it won't land on driveways or the street. Better still, use a drip or spray system.
  • Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn it off. Your garden hose can pour out 2,700 litres or more in just a few hours, so don't leave the sprinkler running all day.
  • Use mulch on gardens to conserve water.
  • Use water emptied through your washing machine hose to water the garden.
  • Clean driveways with a broom rather than a hose.
  • Use a bucket of soapy water to clean your car, boat or bike and only use the hose to rinse off.

In the Laundry

  • Make sure every load in the washing machine is a full one.
  • If you must wash small loads, use the lowest water level the machine provides.
  • Use the 'suds-saver' feature if your machine has one. It reuses warm, soapy water.
  • Repair leaky taps, hoses or fittings - that goes for sinks, basins and outside taps, too.

In the Bathroom and Toilet

  • A three-minute shower can use less than half the quantity of water needed for a bath.
  • Install low-flow shower heads or a volume control valve. Low-flow shower heads reduce the water used but do not reduce the quality of the shower.
  • Turn the tap off while cleaning your teeth.
  • Install a dual-flush toilet. You save five litres when you use the half-flush.

In the Kitchen

  • Don't wash vegetables or rinse dishes under a running tap. Put the plug in or use a bowl.
  • Make sure automatic dishwashers are full. If buying a dishwasher, get one that uses less than 25 litres of water per wash.
  • When boiling vegetables, use just enough water to cover them and use a tightly fitting pot lid. Alternatively, use a microwave oven.
  • Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.

Other Savings

  • Try to do one thing each day that will result in a saving of water. Don't worry if the savings are minimal, every drop counts!
  • Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering plants or cleaning.
  • Help your children understand the importance of water conservation.