Droughts are an increasing concern during the summer months, even in Wellington, and it is important to be careful with water usage well before water bans are enforced. Greater Wellington’s water comes from several rivers and an aquifer which are reliant on regular rainfall.
On average, a Wellingtonian uses 350 litres of water per day. During daylight savings, standardised restrictions are applied by each of the local authorities and published on their websites. As well as observing Council restrictions, we can all do our bit to reduce water consumption, especially during summer – a good place to start is in the garden.
Water meters are not yet compulsory in Greater Wellington (the exception being Kapiti Coast) but, it is likely that with an increased risk of drought conditions brought about by climate change, and a growing population, metering will be introduced at some point in the foreseeable future so it makes sense to be water-wise now before it starts costing the earth and your wallet.
Warmer months mean ice cream, deck time and sunshine. Would you like some more money to play with too? Follow these tips to reduce your energy bills this summer.
Did you know that there has been a 24 per cent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions since 1990, and that road transport makes up a big part of that increase? It's time we talked about how you're getting from A to B.
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