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19/01/2017 10:00 a.m.
Thursday 19 January 2017
rain may have put a dampener on the holidays this summer, but Ashburton
District Council is urging the community to remain vigilant with water use.
Assets Manager Andrew Guthrie says the unseasonably wet conditions should not
be a cause for complacency, and that SMART Watering practices are as important
often feel a sense of security about water when we see lots of rainfall, but
consecutive seasons of dry weather has taken a toll on Mid Canterbury, and we
should be doing what we can to ensure water is used wisely.”
Chief Executive Andrew Curtis is backing Council’s sentiments, adding there are
immediate steps the community can take to reduce water wastage.
it’s the middle of summer now, we’re looking at short-term approaches – things
like making sure your sprinkler waters your plants and not the patio, driveway
or footpath; using timers; watering early in the morning and in the evening and
using mulch to help your soil retain water,” Mr Curtis says.
SMART Watering campaign, developed by IrrigationNZ and launched by Canterbury councils
in October last year, is an educational campaign promoting water-wise farming
principles in suburban gardens. The campaign is a useful tool for residents,
particularly with water restrictions in place across Ashburton District.
Canterbury is also spreading the message, reminding farmers to ensure they are
irrigating their paddocks and not roads.
information on the SMART Watering campaign can be found on Council's website.