Water use and travel tips for the long weekend



Kia ora e te whānau,

The long weekend is upon us and the forecast is for hot sunny weather!

Watch your water use

With little rain since Christmas, consumption has been high in all of our water supplies for the last few weeks.

To date our pumps and reservoirs have been keeping up with consumption, but there are limits to how much water can be pumped out of the reservoirs on a daily basis.

The current situation is not at the stage where water restrictions are necessary, but it is important that people minimise water wastage, whether it is with garden or lawn watering, pool filling, car washing or any other significant use. The situation could change if there are several consecutive days of increased usage.

Tips for reducing your water usage include:

  • Allow the lawn to go brown – it will recover when rainfall returns.
  • If watering gardens or lawns, a good watering every few days is sufficient – and use a hand-held hose rather than a sprinkler.
  • Water just the gardens (not the paths or driveways).
  • If washing a vehicle, use a bucket and do not let the hose run to waste.

Plan for the weekend traffic

Are you heading away for the long weekend? Check out NZTA’s holiday journeys map for dates and times of where traffic is likely to be heavy based on previous year’s travel patterns.


Heavy spots in the Bay Of Plenty include:
SH2 - Between Paeroa and Waihi
SH2 - Between Tauranga and Katikati
SH29 - Kaimai (West of Tauranga)

General tips for travelling are:

  • Remember to take plenty of food and water on your journey.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Take regular breaks
  • Avoid distractions
  • Keep to the speed limit, getting there in one piece is more important than getting there a couple minutes earlier

Wishing you all the best for the weekend ahead!

Page reviewed: 24 Jan 2020 12:00am