Water restrictions update - Tuesday, 29 January 29 January 2019 Hot, dry weather has been a dream for holidaymakers across the Coromandel, but the increased demand on our water supply has led us to tighten up our water restrictions. Thames and Whitianga have been put on a sprinkler and irrigation ban to manage pressure on the local water supply. This means a total ban on the use of all sprinkler and irrigation systems. Hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days: even-numbered addresses on even-numbered dates; and odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days (eg January 29). All other parts of the Coromandel are now on a ‘conserve water’ restriction, which means residents and holidaymakers are being asked to keep using water carefully to ensure our supply continues. Our Council’s water services team says communities have responded positively to the restrictions we have had over recent weeks, and asks for ongoing cooperation with the ‘summer heatwave’ upon us. 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 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.