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18th of January 2018

New Zealand

Water use falls; keep it up

Dunedin residents have heeded the call to use less water.

Earlier this month, the Dunedin City Council asked residents to cut down on water usage after it rose by almost a third.

At the time, the city was using about 60,000cu m of water per day, up from the usual 44,000cu m.

Council Three Waters group manager Tom Dyer said residents had responded well and water use had reduced to about 47,000cu m per day.

Despite the recent rainfall, the city still needed to be mindful of its water use, with a dry summer forecast.

Residents could conserve water by using a watering can or hand-held hose for their garden, instead of a sprinkler, he said.

Sprinklers should be used for only a short time, in the evenings or early mornings.

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