6 Mar
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Published: 2017-03-06

Did you know that the wai is the Maori word for water? Water is one of our most precious resources because we all need it to live, and yet every year millions of litres of water are wasted – a dripping tap wastes a whole bath full of water every week!

Wai WiseSometimes this can be a big problem, particularly in the dry summer months as places like the Hawkes Bay risk running out of water. The good news is it’s really easy to avoid wasting water. Teach your family to be wai-wise and help make sure there’s plenty of water for everyone this year.

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Flush toilets less often.
  • Wait until you have a full load of washing before you set your machine to wash – each load uses about 150 litres of water!
  • Put the plug in the sink whilst you wash your vegetables or rinse plates.
  • Use a bucket to wash and rinse the car.
  • Sweep your paths rather than washing them.


Check your taps for drips or leaks and call us on 0800 801 601 if any require fixing.