Water restrictions

Current water restrictions

Tuakau and Pokeno: Stage one water restrictions

You can only use hand-held hoses and water blasting devices with fitted with trigger nozzles.

Commercial water users can:

  • Use hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle
  • Use a regular hose for health, safety, emergency and biosecurity reasons
  • Operate a car wash service
  • Water sports feilds, plants and paddocks using irrigation systems fitted with soil moisture sensors or rain sensors

Tauwhare, Gordonton, Matangi, Tamahere, Newstead/Eureka, Wallace Road and Stonebridge Estate: Water Alert Level One

Sprinklers must only be used between 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm daily and hand-held hosing can still be done at any time.

For more info check our smartwater.org.nz

Rest of the Waikato district: No restrictions

Tuakau and Pokeno water restrictions 

Restrictions are in place for Tuakau and Pokeno as the water supply for these areas is provided by Auckland's metropolitan network.

More information can be found in the FAQs below or visit watercare.co.nz

Watercare metro supply map

FAQ

Why are the restrictions necessary?
Since the start of the year, the Auckland region has received significantly less rainfall than normal. This is having a big impact on their water supply. On 15th April, the total volume of water stored in their dams dropped below 50 per cent for the first time in more than 25 years. We need to preserve what’s left. Please use water wisely and reduce wastage of this precious resource.
Why are restrictions being implemented at this time of year?
Most of the time, water restrictions are imposed by councils in summer to manage ‘peak’ demand. This is when a community’s demand for water is greater than the capacity of their local treatment plant.
What is the latest weather forecast?

Between November 2019 and May 2020, Auckland received 40 per cent less rain than normal.

At 11.59pm on 13 December 2020 total water storage = 72.05%

What is Watercare doing to manage the situation?

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.

Work is currently being done to return two former water sources – Hayes Creek Dam in Papakura and a bore in Pukekohe – to supply.

These initiatives will increase the volume of water available to Auckland next summer. But they will not overcome the need for rainfall. That’s because the water supply is stressed because of a drought, not a lack of infrastructure.

How can you help?

Even though you might live in Pokeno and Tuakau, which is in the Waikato district, your water comes from Auckland and therefore the restrictions need to apply to you. Please do everything you can to save water.

It’s important you understand the seriousness of water shortages and droughts as well as your role in preserving the water supply.