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We have the following water schemes servicing the district:


We provide a reticulated water supply to the community for domestic, dairy, and agricultural use.  The urban areas receive an on-demand supply with surrounding rural areas receiving a restricted supply.  Rural areas beyond the Council reticulated systems are reliant on bores or the collection of roof water for their water source. 

We have three agreements in place for water supply: 

  • Hamilton City Council – providing water for the communities surrounding Hamilton (Southern and Western Districts). 
  • Te Kauwhata Water Association – Providing water for the Te Kauwhata, Meremere and Rangiriri communities. 
  • Watercare Services Limited – Providing water to Tuakau and Pokeno. 



Who can take water from hydrants?

Contractors and water carriers with a permitted standpipe registered with Council.

What is a standpipe?

A standpipe is a portable device that is used to draw water directly from a fire hydrant on watermains. It needs to be metered and have two non-return valves to prevent contamination of the water supply. Each registered standpipe is to be exclusively used within the Waikato district.

What does it cost to take water from hydrants?

There is an annual permit fee (refer to our fees and charges)

When you start drawing water there will be a monthly invoice for each cubic meter of water drawn (see Fees and charges). A photo of the current meter reading for your standpipe is required each month for billing of the previous month’s usage.

Can I register more than one standpipe?

Yes, every standpipe used within the district requires a permit.

Can I hire a standpipe?

No, we do not hire standpipes, you need to purchase your own standpipe.

Where can I take water from?

For locations please contact us on 0800 492 452. These have been selected to ensure that water can be drawn safely and that surrounding properties will not suffer from a loss in water pressure.

Do I need to register with the Ministry of Health?

All water carriers need to register with the Ministry of Health. A permit will not be approved until a copy of certification is provided with your application. Contactors not intending to provide water for drinking purposes do not need to register with the MOH.