As part of our resource consent to take drinking water from the Waingawa River, the Council is required to have a Water Conservation Management Plan (PDF, 343KB). The goal of the plan is to preserve the health of the Waingawa River, the source of Masterton’s water.
Where can I find Restriction Levels?
Summer can be very dry and restrictions on using treated water for gardens are common. Restriction levels can be found:
- On billboards on Upper Chapel Street (near the fire station), Dixon Street at Kuripuni, and at the entrance to the Masterton transfer station on Nursery Road,
- here on our website, and
- on your phone using the Antenno app.
How are Restrictions Decided?
Restrictions are linked to flow levels in the Waingawa River. This means:
- When the river’s flow rate falls below 2,000 litres per second, you can use sprinklers on alternate days (odd-numbered houses on odd days, even-numbered houses on even days). Once sprinkler use is limited to alternate days, it remains in place until the end of March.
- If river flow rates fall below 1,300 l/s, a complete sprinkler ban may be put in place.
- Handheld hoses can be used during sprinkler restrictions, but all watering would be prohibited if river flows fall below 1,100l/s.
It is good practice to conserve water at all times.
Do your part, be water smart
You can also try some of these tips to help you save water at home:
- Water your garden before 7am or after 9pm.
- 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.
- 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. Use the eco-setting if you can.
- Avoid rinsing dishes.
- Wait until you have a full load before starting your washing machine, or use the partial load settings.
- Use a broom to sweep your driveway rather than hosing it clean.
- Wash your car with a bucket of water on the lawn and you’ll water your lawn at the same time.