Sprinkler ban now in place for Coromandel Town 01 February 2019 The water supply is under increased pressure in Coromandel Town and savings are required. There is now a sprinkler ban in place for Coromandel Town which means a total ban on the use of sprinklers, irrigation systems, and unattended hoses. Partial restriction on use of hand-held hoses to alternate days (even numbered addresses on even days; odd numbered addresses on odd days). Whitianga also remains on a sprinkler ban and Thames still has a total watering ban in place. A total watering ban means the demand for water has continued to increase and savings are required immediately. All use of water outside the house or building is banned. This includes watering lawns and gardens, washing cars, houses, and decks, filling paddling pools and playing under sprinklers. All other parts of the Coromandel are on a ‘conserve water’ restriction, which means residents and holidaymakers are being asked to keep using water carefully to ensure our supply continues. “Of course we recognise it's hot, but we need people to be mindful and not waste water,” says our Infrastructure Manager Mohamed Imtiaz. Our Council’s water services team says most of our communities have responded positively to the restrictions we have had over recent weeks, and asks for ongoing cooperation. We'll keep monitoring water use in our nine urban and two rural water supply schemes regularly and reviewing our water restrictions daily. Any changes are posted on our website, email newslettersand our Thames-Coromandel District Council Facebook page. Please report water wastage and water leaks to Customer Service on 07 868 0200. Residents and visitors are asked to comply with the water restrictions for the good of the community. Top 5 smart water conservation tips Wait until you can do full loads before you wash dishes or use the washing machine. Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth. For cool drinking water, fill a jug and keep it in the fridge. Running water to cool it down can waste 10 litres a minute. For lawns, apply the ‘step test’ – if grass springs back after you walk on it, it doesn’t need watering. If your toilet has a dual-flush button, use the half flush.