A concerned local contacted the Wānaka Sun about the use of sprinklers along the lakefront, questioning why they were aimed at concrete and turned on whilst it was raining.
The sprinklers’ ineffectiveness was on full display this week as the wind picked up and threw the water to the other side of the footpath. When brought to the attention of council, a spokesperson from Queenstown Lakes District Council said, “QLDC is committed to sustainable water practices. The situation regarding the sprinklers near the lake is currently being looked into by staff.”
Council went to say they are taking various steps to minimise water wastage. These include: “monitoring irrigation usage around weather events; continually assessing whether irrigation run time and cycles are appropriate, taking into consideration the season, events, importance of location and level of service; emphasising the importance of good irrigation system design and installation to efficiently carry out irrigation of grass assets at new locations. This includes understanding prevailing wind and other local factors; and watering times are monitored with irrigation cycles being completed before dawn where possible, when weather conditions are more appropriate. This also means minimising disruption to the public”.
If you see watering on council land that you think could be improved, contact QLDC.