Be a Water Hero!

Last updated: 14 Dec, 2022 01:33pm

Water Heroes

Water We Doing?

What Can You Do?

We’re looking for Carterton’s Water Heroes!

We’re looking for Carterton’s water savers! Are you a local water hero?

Do you have innovative ways to save or reuse water or tips to share with the community?

How to Enter

Send us your water saving advice. Take a photo or a short video, or share it with us online! Use the hashtag #cartertonwaterheroes

You email us at, on Facebook , Instagram, LinkedIn, or Facebook Messenger.

Don’t forget the mail! Our postal address is PO Box, Carterton, 5713.

Please check the terms and conditions.

Enter Online!

Send us your top water saving tip online now!

Double your chances!

Entries with photos and videos get an extra place in the draw. Double your chances by sending a photo. Email us at or Facebook Messenger!

Terms & Conditions
  1. The promoter is Carterton Distict Council whose registered office is at 28 Holloway Street, Carterton.
  2. The competition is open to residents of Carterton.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Closing date for entry will be 11.59pm, Sunday 26 February 2023. After this date, no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  7. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  8. The prizes are as follows: 6 water tanks;  2 x self-watering vegetable bags; 4 $20 Clareville Nursery vouchers; 1 $50 Clareville Nursery voucher. One per winner. Winners to be drawn during competition timeframes, at random. Spot prizes to be announced.
  9. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  10. The winner will be notified within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  11. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
  12. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  14. Winners agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry.

Water We Doing?

We have measures in place to ensure we can provide our community with clean fresh water all day, every day. The Events Centre uses stored rainwater. Our Parks & Reserves team also uses stored water for our green spaces and flowers in town.

We are increasing our leak detection work this summer, and new treatment technologies will also improve the supply’s efficiency but our amounts remain dictated by the water available in the Kaipatangata Stream, and the Frederick Street bore.

The installation of our tanks on Dalefield Rd goes on. These tanks will provide millions of litres of stored water for the town – but even that amount could be used in a matter of hours.

With a dry summer on the horizon, the conditions will mean a drain our supply from the stream, aquifer, and bores.

We need to allow for our Volunteer Fire Brigade to have enough water for emergencies, while also responsibly managing the supply in conservation measures, and to adhere to our consent with Greater Wellington Regional Council.

What You Can Do? Water Tips

In Your Home
  • Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Fix any leaky taps, toilets, showers, and dripping garden taps.
  • Install dual-flush toilets instead of single flush toilets when renovating.
  • Use the dishwasher and washing machine only when you have a full load.
  • Put the plug in the sink when shaving or washing hands, dishes or vegetables, and run just enough water for what you’re doing.
  • Don’t use your toilet as a rubbish bin; it takes a lot more water to flush down sanitary waste, cigarette butts, food leftovers, etc.
  • Install a shower flow-saver disc to your existing shower to not only reduce the excess flow of water but also your water heating bill.
  • Use water-efficient appliances, bathroom fittings and tapware.
  • The “star” rating stickers indicate the water-efficiency, and there can be large differences in water use between products, so make sure to buy or upgrade to water-efficient when possible.
  • Use a hose with a trigger to control the water flow and the start-stop action. It also helps direct water without wasting any.
  • Turn the tap off when you’re finished.
  • Use a broom to sweep hard surfaces like paths and driveways instead of trying to hose down leaves and twigs.
  • Use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose to wash your car and, where possible, wash your car on the lawn to prevent soapy water from entering the street drain and into streams and rivers.
In Your Garden
  • Switch to drought-tolerant plants to cope with dry summer weather and watering restrictions.
  • Recycle bath/shower water or water used in your washing machine (also called greywater) on the garden, but only on plants that are not going to be eaten. Greywater should not be stored and should be used immediately to prevent disease.
  • Group your plants into high or low water users to develop an efficient watering system.
  • Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil and to protect from drying effects of wind and sun. Mulching also helps keep weeds AWAY.
  • Weed your garden regularly as weeds compete for available moisture.
  • Leaf cover and lawn clippings left on the lawn serve as a good mulch to provide shade, slow water loss, conserve moisture and help preserve nutrients in the soil.
  • Test soil moisture every 4-7 days during dry weather conditions, and only water if needed.
  • Don’t let the sun and wind strip your plants off their moisture. Water your garden on calm days during the cool hours – early morning or evening – to avoid rapid evaporation.
  • Water your garden low and slow – plants take up moisture through their feeder roots and low, slow watering by hand is the best way to get it there. Moveable sprinklers are the least water effective.
  • Deep soak your plants to encourage feeder roots to grow deeply in search of water instead of sprinkling, which encourages shallow roots.
  • Avoid over-watering your plants as it encourages fungus, root rot, rusts, mildew and black-spot.