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Changes to filling stations - hydrant use prohibited from 1 July 2022

From 1 July 2022, only registered and approved water delivery services and community firefighting services are eligible to take water from fire hydrants and standpipes.

Taumata Arowai, the new water services regulator for Aotearoa, New Zealand, is committed to ensuring all communities have access to safe drinking water every day. 

The draft new drinking water standards requires elimination of hydrant use except in delivering three waters and firefighting services to the community.  

To apply for a water carrier permit in Waikato District, you must be eligible. Email the waters team ( and we will send through an application to apply.

All applications are required to be re-applied for annually and expire on 30 June each year.

This requirement will prohibit the use of standpipes across the Waikato District.  Council will be installing three permanent filling station locations (with the potential of an additional mobile unit) within Huntly to be effective from July 2022.  Below is the list of planned locations for the permanent filling stations. 

NGARUAWAHIA intersection of Durham and Eyre Street
TUAKAU – Rest area Bollard Road
RAGLAN – Wallis Street opposite Puriri Street Park and Public Toilets