Saving water this summer

Everyone has a part to play in managing summer water demand. Water restrictions are usually linked to flow in the Ruamahanga River and declared in January or February. However, this year, in Martinborough, we’ll need to carefully monitor water consumption because the Martinborough township is being supplied by only one bore until the manganese extraction plant is installed.

The manganese extraction plant is expected to be operational before the summer of 2020. That means this summer we need to operate within our winter consumption levels of 1,200m³/day (about half of usual summer demand). This can be achieved if outdoor water use is minimal.

This means that:

  • water restrictions will be applied
  • we will keep the community informed about water consumption levels on our website.

For information on restrictions in place and current consumption levels, select the town in the menu above.

Love every drop

Now is an excellent time for everyone to voluntarily conserve water, here's how you can help.


  • Water your garden before 7am or after 9pm (odds & evens apply!)
  • Water your garden with a handheld hose only
  • Most gardens do well, being watered every other day at most
  • Water your garden at cooler, less windy times of the day to ensure your plants retain the water they need
  • Use mulch to retain moisture in your garden, and keep your plants happier for longer
  • Set your lawn mower to leave grass slightly longer. Short grass dries out sooner


  • Turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth or shaving – you could save 10 litres of water a minute
  • Reduce your shower time to four minutes or less
  • Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors
  • Use the half flush on your toilet


  • Wait until you have a full load before starting your dishwasher. When possible, use the eco-setting
  • Avoid rinsing dishes


  • Wait until you have a full load before starting your washing machine, or use the partial load settings



  • Read your meter regularly to monitor consumption
  • Check for leaks and get them fixed