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Community and Public Health in Mid Canterbury (Ashburton)

The Mid Canterbury region covers the central South Island between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers (the Ashburton District), with Ashburton as the main township. The area is one of the fastest growing rural districts in New Zealand, and is becoming more ethnically diverse with over the half the recent population increase resulting from arriving international migrants (2006 to 2011).

Community and Public Health provides services to the more than 33,000 people of this area, and is based at the Ashburton Hospital site.

The small team in Ashburton is made up of two health promoters and an administrator. These staff focus on:

Christchurch-based staff support the Mid-Canterbury region to enforce the Smokefree Environments Act, and provide infectious disease and environmental health services.

The Ashburton office has a small Community Health Information Centre, providing health information resources free to the public.

Be wise with water this summer

Watering with a hand-held hose with an adjustable spray nozzle attached. Source: Ashburton District Council website.Ashburton District Council media release: 16th December 2020

Summer water restrictions started in Mid Canterbury last week as residents’ water use increased across several schemes.

The current water restriction levels are posted on the Ashburton Council website. You can receive free text alerts about water restrictions in your area by texting your postcode to 4196 if you are a Mid Canterbury resident.

“When too many people begin upping their consumption, the water in the reservoir can start emptying quicker than the pump can replenish it,” Council Infrastructure Services Group Manager Neil McCann says. “Ultimately this can disrupt the water service for some residents and in some cases the supply risks running out of water.

“Please ensure there is enough water for everyone by following the restrictions and being water-wise.”

There are a range of ways residents can be smarter with their water use and reduce waste.​

In the garden:

  • Choose plants for your garden that are more resistant to dry conditions.
  • Use drip line irrigation and soaker hoses. Spray irrigation can lose a lot of water to evaporation and runoff.
  • Water early in the morning and late in the evening to maximise absorption and reduce waste.
  • Use a good quality mulch. It can save about 70 per cent of water being lost to evaporation.

Your lawn:

  • Let the lawn go brown. It won’t die completely but will spring back when it rains again.
  • Position your sprinkler so that it isn’t watering the road or footpath.
  • Always use a timer to remind you to turn the sprinkler off.
  • Water at the coolest times of the day – early in the morning or later in the evening to maximise absorption.
  • Grow your grass a little longer in summer as taller grass holds moisture better and will stay greener for longer.


Page last updated: 17/12/2020

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