Community urged to save more water

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The city’s water use continued to climb last week despite the recent introduction of a new Water Watchers Plan and outdoor watering restrictions.

Council’s water services manager Peter Bahrs says the sound of rain hitting the roof on Sunday was music to his ears.

“Water use during the peak of last week’s hot weather reached 53.6 million litres. We know the increase in demand for water is driven primarily by outdoor water use, and thankfully as soon as the rain started falling on Sunday, demand for water dropped off by 20 per cent percent,” says Peter.

Tauranga’s average water use sits at around 43.7 million litres of water per day and in previous summers has climbed to 58 million litres per day. However, after three dry summers in a row, the streams that supply the city with water are at the lowest levels seen going into November, which means anything higher than a 7-day rolling average of 50 million litres per day is unsustainable this summer.

“There’s a limit to how much water we can take without affecting the health of the streams,” says Peter.

“We want to thank those who are playing their part to help reduce their water use; however, we need more people to do the same thing and save more water.”

In November 2021, the Council introduced its Water Watchers Plan, which replaces traditional outdoor watering restrictions with a year-round plan to help maintain the city’s water supply.

As part of the plan, sprinklers are banned completely from December to March, but handheld hoses with a trigger nozzle are allowed for an hour between 7pm and 10pm. The plan also includes warning and emergency phases should water use keep trending upwards.

While the past week’s sodden weather averted the need to move into the warning phase, the weather forecast over the Christmas break is for lots of sunshine which may see water use creep up again.

“Please help us spread the message about our new Water Watchers Plan and dampen your water use wherever you can,” says Peter.

“And please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any concerns or spot water being used outside of the restrictions in the plan.”

See the Water Watchers Plan and find out you can use water at home, at work and in the community.  

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More spending on non essential services

Posted on 20-12-2021 18:53 | By Get our roads

OMG, I’m not saving water, should of had this sorted years ago before the population got out of hand, typical idiots think a pretty Council building and town refurbishment more important, when are you going to stop wasting money on things we cant afford and spend it on what the rates are for, 3 waters and roads, get those Commissioners out of there and get some people in there that know what they’re doing, not the previous Councillors either, they did enough damage on their pitiful watch.

Hang on

Posted on 19-12-2021 16:42 | By old trucker

This has been going on for last 30 yrs ,we only pay for what goes through meter dont we, what about these huge swimming pools being put in ,golly we need new TCC building, Cameron road will blow out to millions more, but NO WATER, all the $300 million plus for new building could turn sea water in to fresh like Melbourne has done,my pennies worth for what its worth,Sunlive is No1 for News ,AWESOME,Thankyou 10-4 out. phew.

How about demonstrate respect to get respect?

Posted on 19-12-2021 12:30 | By Murray.Guy

Your city Council bureaucrats, YET TO APOLOGIZE for failing to increase treatment and storage capabilities in a timely, manner, now want you to DOBB IN YOUR NEIGHBOR should they attempt to keep their veges, flowers and fruit trees alive. MERRY XMAS FROM TCC, staff and commissioners!


Posted on 19-12-2021 12:10 | By The Caveman

Says it all in a nutshell - the Council is hell bent on so called "development" but is doing basically NOTHING with the "services" that are required to support the so called development. Water, sewerage, and better roads (and that does not include the 100 million (yes it will be by the time it’s finished) to tart up Cameron Rd from two lanes down to ONE and remove parking.

I agree

Posted on 19-12-2021 11:47 | By Chookymac

Well said Kancho.Very Well Said.Come on all you Locals that agree.Back up his thoughts

Water rates

Posted on 19-12-2021 10:36 | By Ian R

What has the Council done with all the water rates money? Time to spend it on what it was collected for.


Posted on 19-12-2021 09:40 | By Kancho

Seems Tauranga has grown and grown and houses and industry connected to the water supply has totally outstripped capacity. Another supply still coming in 2022 but already probably inadequate. This is supposedly the Smartgrowth strategy so lauded for so many years. We still get rain but clearly not storage. So before talk of a city centre and museum billion dollars we are long overdue for water storage a dam or artificial lake creation or something. All this talk of building over the racecourse and the Tauriko housing and industry and Bethlehem housing schemes to connect onto water, sewage, stormwater, power and roads. All to little far to late and still no apparent plan or direction except pretty up Cameron road and city centre. Rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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