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Water restrictions

There are currently no water restrictions in the Waikato district.

Even though our water supply is stable, water should not be wasted. With a long, dry summer predicted now is a great time to start looking at how you can reduce your water use.

Southern areas

No current restrictions.

Tauwhare, Gordonton, Tamahere, Matangi, Newstead, Eureka, Wallace Road and Stonebridge Estate, receive their water supply from Hamilton City Council.

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Northern areas

No current restrictions.

Pookeno and Tuakau receive their water supply from Watercare Auckland’s Buckland treatment plant.

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Rest of the district
No current water restrictions.


Why are restrictions necessary?
Water restrictions are sometimes enforced so we can cater for the fluctuation in demand. During peak times (typically summer) where there is less rainfall, is usually when a restriction would be implemented.
What is being done to manage the situation?

Northern parts of the district receive water supply from Watercare Auckland.

Watercare has been maximising production at their Waikato and Onehunga water treatment plants and have been delivering up to 170 million litres of water a day. Without these vital plants, Auckland would be out of water by now. 

Watercare have been expanding the Waikato Water Treatment Plant step-by-step to stay ahead of population growth. When it was first built in 2002, it produced 50 million litres of water a day. Since then, there have been five upgrades so that it can now produce 150 million litres a day. 

Southern parts of the district receive water supply from Hamilton City Council.

Hamilton City Council (smartwater) services Tauwhare, Gordonton, Matangi, Newstead, Eureka, Tamahere, Wallace Road and Stonebridge Estate.

The rest of the district receive water supply from Waikato District Council.

The central scheme services Ngaruawahia, Hopuhopu, Horotiu and Taupiri.

The mid Waikato scheme services Te Kauwhata and Rangiriri.

The Huntly scheme services Huntly.

The Raglan scheme services Raglan and all surrounding areas including Whanga Coast.

The Te Kowhai scheme services Te Kowhai.

The Meremere scheme services Meremere.

The Maramaraua scheme services Maramarua.

How can you help?

No matter where you live in the district, there are things you can do to reduce your water usage.

Refer to our how can I save water page for more tips.