Save water by showering with a . . . bucket

Mr Hall suggested showering with a bucket and then using the water collected for gardens

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 05:00 14/03/2014

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Showering with a bucket would help New Plymouth get through its water woes, says council water boss Mark Hall.

The district's water supply is in bad shape with the Waiwhakaiho river lower than at any time during last year's drought.

The use of unattended sprinklers have been banned, and handheld hoses can be used only on alternate days.

Rain is forecast to soak Taranaki during the weekend but it is not expected to help replenish the supply and reduce demand.

If rain does not come, the district council is considering banning the use of hoses altogether.

To help avoid having to impose this ban, Mr Hall suggested showering with a bucket and then using the water collected for gardens.

"If everyone could save a bucket of water a day, then that would be a great help," he said.

On Wednesday, the district used 40.370 million litres of water, down 0.7 per cent on the 40.636 million litres used on Tuesday.

Since the water restrictions were put in place last month, people have increasingly taken to dobbing in their neighbours if they are using water when it is not their turn.

"Sometimes it's a case of the person using a hose every day doesn't know about the restrictions, so we send them a letter and then they generally stop," Mr Hall said.

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