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Whitianga moved to "Sprinkler Ban" water restriction

20 December 2019

Whitianga has been placed on a Sprinkler Ban water restriction because of high demand on the town's supply.

Sprinkler Ban

A Sprinkler Ban means means a total ban on the use of all sprinkler, unattended hoses and irrigation systems.

Hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days:  If your address is an even number you can use your hose on even-numbered days, and vice versa for odd-numbered houses.

Coromandel Town remains on a Total Watering Ban, which means all use of water outside the house is banned, including watering lawns and gardens, washing cars, houses, boats and decks, filling paddling pools and playing under sprinklers.

All other parts of the district are at a Conserve Water restriction level. This means we're asking residents and visitors to be careful with water use so supplies do not become depleted.

What can I do to conserve water?

There are a number of simple ways in which we can reduce water use around the house while enjoying what the Coromandel has to offer.


  • Fill the sink to wash vegetables and rinse dishes
  • Turn the tap off while you are brushing your teeth
  • Only use your dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load
  • Promote shorter showers and shallower baths
  • Use a bowl to scrub vegetables in the kitchen sink. You can pour the water on your plants.
  • Keep water in a covered jug in the fridge. It saves running the tap to get cold water.
  • If the toilet leaks or a tap drips, fix it right away


  • If you have to water the garden, do it in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation
  • Use a broom instead of the hose to clean paths and driveways
  • Check taps, pipes, and connections regularly for possible leaks
  • If you have rainwater storage, use this supply to water your garden or when you need to wash your car or boat

Holiday Habits

  • Remind visitors and guests that water supplies are limited
  • When washing your car, boat, trailer, jet ski etc. limit the use of your hose to a quick spray at the beginning then wash using a bucket.  A running hose can waste as much as 10 litres of water a minute

Go to our website at for more information on water conservation and water use restrictions.