Is your lawn too wet, or your garden too dry? Do you want to shave some money off your water and power bills? When did you last walk alongside a waterway, or anywhere else for that matter, and wonder with where all that rubbish on the ground will end up?

Water brings life!

Fresh water supports all life, including all the activities that make up our economy. Most of us use more than we need, and quite often, we could ‘reuse’ water instead of using precious drinking water. And we can find ways to use what we need without polluting it along the way. Here are some tips on how to help you treat our precious water with the respect it deserves!

Use less, use wisely!

Flush less, turn off while you brush your teeth, have shorter showers, share baths, hand-water your garden, capture rainwater for gardening, wash cars on the lawn, and mulch!

Actions

Points

4-Minute Showers: I will reduce my shower time and save 10 litres per minute (first steps)

1 point per day

Clean up: I will walk along a local path, beach or stream 1-2 times and collect waste that would flow into the ocean (first steps)

1 point per walk

Low-Flow: I will install a low flow shower head and save up to 56 litres of water a day (next steps)

3 points per day

Collect Rainwater: I will use tanks or barrels to collect rainwater for outdoor watering needs (stretch)

5 points per day

Reduce my lawn: I will replace some of my lawn with suitable native plants and mulch where I can (stretch)

5 points per day

Fun facts

More than half of an adult human’s bodyweight is water!

‘Ko au te awa. Ko te awa ko au'. I am the river. The river is me (Ngāti Hau). That's how the Whanganui iwi express their relationship to the Whanganui River. The river gives to you and you give to the river by keeping it healthy.

Did you know that river and rival has a common origin? Rival can be traced to the Latin word rivus, meaning "a stream" and rivalis which meant "one who uses the same stream as another". This sense of rivalis came into English as rival, signifying the competition between those wanting the same resource, or other object of value.