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12 years 6 months ago #29364 by kate
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I'm interested to know where you get your main water supply from...

Also, I've just published an article on ' living on roof water ' and wondered if anyone had water-saving tips to share?

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Kate

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12 years 6 months ago #399265 by Organix
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Good advice in the article Kate. Perhaps add a caution to disconnect downpipes to waste if you have had maintenance such as painting or moss killing done, or if you have suffered drift of agrichemicals, until a shower or two of rain has flushed the toxins away.

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12 years 6 months ago #399269 by kate
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Good call Organix, I've added that to the article :D

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12 years 6 months ago #399270 by igor
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Hi Kate. Many areas here in South Otago are on rural water schemes. Perhaps you could amend your survey to include this as an option.

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12 years 6 months ago #399273 by kate
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Have done igor...but can someone explain to me exactly what a rural water scheme is? [:I]

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12 years 6 months ago #399283 by Andrea1
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We just get a trickle of water, 3 units a day (a unit here is 1000L, I know in some areas it's different). It's filtered water out of the Waimak river as far as I know... There's a little meter thing in the line near the house, and when we use 3000L (which we've never done, BTW), it shuts off. That's the rural scheme here.

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12 years 6 months ago #399289 by kate
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Thanks Andrea...how common are these schemes? Are they only in the SI?

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12 years 6 months ago #399291 by Lindeggs
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I'm on town supply but haven't done the poll as I'm not on a lifestyle block so would skew the results.

But I am just a tiny bit obsessed with water saving. Maybe it's a result of parents living off tank water in the far north for many years so being acutely aware of the value of good water.



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12 years 6 months ago #399292 by Andrea1
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Gosh, I don't know! Oxford has 2 rural water schemes, one comes from the river, one comes from a reservoir. I think. I'm not 100% sure about the source of each .... er.... source (there's Oxford Rural Water 1 and 2).

Hopefully someone else will know more.

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12 years 6 months ago #399296 by Stu_R
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Kate .. ask Kindajojo , but i think they are round here to in Manawatu specially up Halcombe way where Jojo lives .. i may be worng , but it certainly rings a bell

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12 years 6 months ago #399305 by kate
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Thanks Stu... :D

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12 years 6 months ago #399323 by Organix
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Kate;394382 wrote: Thanks Andrea...how common are these schemes? Are they only in the SI?

There were a number of them established around the southern and western flanks of Mt. Egmont in the 70s or 80s and I expect they are still operating.

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12 years 6 months ago #399337 by Furball
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Water-saving tips? Re-use all grey water for watering the garden. And pee on the lemon tree!

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12 years 6 months ago #399339 by kai
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Kate We have a bore, but the local township is on a restricted supply of 1000 litres per day and I know Akaroa is also on a restricted supply as well, so fairly common

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12 years 6 months ago #399341 by kindajojo
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Kate - we are on the Halcombe scheme in the Manawatu we get I think 2,500 litres per day...which we would never come close to using. It is low pressure. so feeds to a header tank on the hill and supplies all the water troughs...
We use water off the roof into a separate tank, but can top up from the header tank if we run out.... ie if It doesnt rain in the Manawatu for a month. We have topped up about 5 times in 6 years the water tastes a bit funny but probably more because it sits in the header tank. Should really flush the tank every few months.

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