District councils re-launch SMART Watering

21/10/2016 9:00 a.m.

Local gardeners will be learning practical ways to make better use of water this summer following the re-launch of the SMART Watering campaign today.

Ashburton District Council, together with partnering councils and industry bodies has re-launched the SMART Watering campaign in a bid to encourage sustainable water use over coming months.  

Council Assets Manager Andrew Guthrie says this years campaign will concentrate on the most efficient ways to ensure home gardens are well taken care of, as Canterbury looks set for another dry summer.  

“The focus this year will be around drip irrigation and the benefits of timers or controllers. We want to show the community how gardens can work using the same principles as irrigated farms to ensure water is efficiently used.”

SMART Watering stands for the sustainable, managed, accountable, responsible and trusted use of water. It was first launched last year in Canterbury, and following its success, is now being rolled out again this year.

Residents will be shown how installing drip irrigation systems, monitoring soil moisture levels and using timers can all manage water use more efficiently.

Ashburton District Council joins Selwyn, Mackenzie, Waimakariri and Timaru District Councils, alongside Environment Canterbury Regional Council, IrrigationNZ, Water Supply Products and RX Plastics in rolling out the campaign.

The SMART Watering campaign kicks off on the eve of Labour Weekend – New Zealand’s traditional start to summer gardening. For more information, see the Council stand at the Ashburton A & P Show on 28 and 29 October, or visit our website

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