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Water restrictions

Current water restrictions

There is an Alert Level 2 water restriction for the southern part of the Waikato District.

 

Tauwhare, Gordonton, Tamahere, Matangi, Newstead, Eureka, Wallace Road, Stonebridge Estate: are under an Alert Level 2 water restriction. Please visit the SmartWater website for updates.

What does this mean?

  • Reduce your non-essential water use
  • Sprinklers on alternate days between 6-8am and 6-8pm only. Alternate days means that if your letterbox is an even number (2, 4, 6 etc) you may use your sprinklers on even calendar days. If your letterbox is an odd number (1, 3, 5 etc) you may use your sprinklers on odd calendar days.
  • Hand held hoses may be used at any time.

 

Rest of Waikato District: no current restrictions

FAQ

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.

 
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