Auckland Water Restrictions Announced – What Can You Do?
Many of you will be aware that for the first time in 25 years Water Restrictions are being introduced this Saturday 16th May in the Auckland Metropolitan area. Fortunately, at this time of year, most established gardens do not need irrigation. However, with no significant rainfall forecast for the foreseeable future – new lawns or ‘thirsty’ gardens will need additional water.
According to the Auckland Council and Watercare websites, domestic water users are not allowed to use a hose or water blaster.
What You Can Do
However, we are allowed to water with a bucket and those of us with an in-ground watering system are allowed to use them although this is ‘strongly discouraged’. Commercial customers can irrigate if their systems are fitted with a soil moisture or rain sensor.
Watercare also says “we can only restrict activities we can see”. We interpret this to mean that we can water if absolutely necessary and it should be as efficiently as possible. Most professionals will prefer their automatic systems run early in the morning, typically between 5am and 6.30am. At this time of year we should be reducing the frequency of start times and the lengths of the run times or reducing the ‘seasonal adjustment’ feature on your controllers.
Making It Easier and More Efficient
The latest controllers are WiFi enabled, run in conjunction with a rain sensor and can also be linked to local weather stations to water only when needed.
Winter is a great time of year to consider installing an irrigation system or servicing and upgrading your existing system so you don’t get caught short.
Next summer is only just around the corner! So now is a great time to give us a call and book your upgrades and services.