Saving water

Book cover of Running out of waterWater saving is important in Christchurch because of increasing pressure on our precious aquifers. In dry years, or because of earthquake damage there may be official restrictions, but everyday savings are a good thing at any time. This page has some helpful information about how to conserve water in the home and garden.

Water restrictions

Water: Christchurch City Council information on water supply and any water restrictions.

Saving water

The following resources will help you find out more about saving water.

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Tips on reducing your water usage from the Smarter Homes website.

Rainwater harvesting

There are plenty of commercial options for rainwater harvesting but you might like to try doing it yourself.

Rainwater harvest systems
Information on building a rainwater harvest system from Build it solar: the renewable energy site for do-it-yourselfers.
How to build a rainwater collection system
Find out how to recycle your rainwater with this wikiHow article.
How to build a rainwater collector
A practical demonstration from the instructables website.

Book cover of water-wise gardenDrought gardening

It is a good idea to plant trees and shrubs that can tolerate our climate.

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You might also be interested in these organisations:

Trees for Canterbury
Supplies native trees and shrubs suitable for Canterbury conditions.
Motukarara Conservation Nursery
Supplies native plants especially for Canterbury conditions and from Canterbury stock.

Library eResources

The library subscribes to these online resources so that you can access them for free in the library or from home if you are a library member. You will find information on water conservation in:

GreenFILE contains a collection of scholarly, governmental and general interest titles which examine the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done to minimise these effects.
World Book Advanced
Explore environmental issues and current efforts to reduce human impact on the environment.