After six long months, Aucklanders can once more water their gardens and wash their cars with hand-held hoses as drought restrictions ease, reports the Herald. Despite the level of the city’s nine dams still averaging around 20 per cent under normal historical levels, a combination of recent rainfall and water conservation has given the green light to changes that will affect both residential and commercial users. Watercare is still urging Aucklanders to keep conserving water, saying it needs to limit use to 437 million litres a day.