Level one water restrictions now in place
Taupō District residents are being asked to restrict sprinkler use to alternate days as level one water restrictions come into place today.
Council asset manager water Tom Swindells said as the district fills up with visitors and temperatures rise, demand for water increases dramatically.
“Last year, we saw an increase in demand of 50 per cent across the district in January which puts a lot of pressure on the capacity of our water treatment plants.
“We are expecting a similar increase this year, so we are asking residents to act now to reduce demand.
“From Monday 16 December, please only water your garden and lawn every second day (using the odds and evens system based on your street address). That means if your address ends in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 you can use sprinklers on even calendar days, if your address ends in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9, you can water on odd calendar days.
“This applies to fixed sprinklers only. Hand held hoses can be used at any time,” he said.