Total watering ban in Thames and Coromandel Town lifted 20 February 2019 The severe water shortages facing Thames and Coromandel Town have now eased thanks to many people listening to our calls to conserve water. Because of the lower water use in both towns since the weekend, our reservoirs have recovered and the total watering bans have been lifted. But due to the dry conditions we're still asking people to conserve water by avoiding unnecessary water use. All our Council water supply areas are now on a "conserve water" status. We would like to thank all our communities for being mindful of their water use in these dry conditions. Our Civil Defence team warns that the fire risk associated with hot, dry weather is heightened when the water supply is under pressure, and also asks people to do their part to preserve our water supply. Current restrictions: Coromandel Town – Conserve water Thames – Conserve water Hikutaia - Conserve water Puriri - Conserve water Matatoki - Conserve water Matarangi - Conserve water Hahei - Conserve water Tairua - Conserve water Pauanui - Conserve water Onemana - Conserve water Whangamata - Conserve water Whitianga – Conserve water We'll keep monitoring water use in our nine urban and two rural water supply schemes regularly and we're reviewing our water restrictions daily. Any changes are posted on our website, email newsletters and 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.