Water and Sewerage Services

What's happening this month  - Infrastructure Services 

The schemes are overseen by Water Committees with delegated responsibilities for the planning and development of their schemes.


All Rural Water Supplies

A reminder that it is an offence to tamper with the restricting device that controls the flow of scheme water to your tank.

In accordance with our Fees and Charges, replacement part costs and a fee for resetting the restrictor can be charged.

Your tampering negatively impacts on the supply to others. 

Permanent chlorination provides safe drinking water for Hurunui

In order to provide a continual protectant that ensures any contaminants entering the district’s pipelines are removed and do not put our communities at risk, the decision was made in July 2017, to begin chlorination of all water supplies currently without MIOX or chlorine.

As of February 2018 this has now been completed and all schemes are now being dosed.

If you are unsure which water supply you are on or whether you are on MIOX or chlorine you can call us during office hours on 314-8816, or check out our handy new interactive map.

Report to Infrastructure Committee 20 July 201

Further information:


Taking water from hydrants

Contractors are reminded that the cost to fill tankers from our water hydrants is $55 (for up to 10,000 litres) and APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE you intend to take the water. Application forms are available from our main offices in Amberley or you can download one here

Please note that a condition of all approved applications is that a back flow preventer MUST be used whenever taking water from the hydrants.

Actual costs can be charged for any unauthorised take from a hydrant and a second offence can result in possible prosecution.


Hurunui Rural Water Supplies that are on a Permanent Boil Water Notice

This includes: Hurunui No 1, Kaiwara, Blythe, Parnassus, Waiau Rural, Peaks and Lower Waitohi Rural Water Supplies

Please continue to boil all drinking water, and remember that this should include water used for oral hygiene and food preparation.

If you have any further queries or concerns, please feel free to contact us on 03 314 8816, or email the Utilities team at utilities@hurunui.govt.nz 

Waiau Rural, Blythe, Hurunui 1, Kaiwara, Parnassus, The Peaks and Lower Waitohi Rural Water Supplies

Residents on the Waiau, Blythe, Hurunui 1, Kaiwara, Parnassus, The Peaks and Lower Waitohi Rural Water Supplies were notified in 2013 about the installation of their MIOX water treatment systems.  All MIOX water treatment plants have been installed and are operational but these Boil Water Notices will remain in place.  This is so that we can continue to monitor the water quality as well as the performance of the new treatment system.

Residents on these water schemes are reminded to boil their water, as the permanent boil water notice will only be lifted once we have fully commissioned these water treatment plants.

If you have any further queries or concerns or have not received your postcard and would like to have one sent out to you, please feel free to contact us on 03 314 8816

Hurunui District Council Water Supplies

Nitrate Test Results of all Treatment Plant Water 

All of Hurunui District Council's Water Treatment Plants were tested for Nitrate levels during October 2013 and have been tested annually ever since.  All levels fall comfortably below the values as set by Drinking Water Standard Guidelines. You can see all the Nitrate test results here. These tests will be repeated every October/November to ensure that all levels remain within the Drinking Water Standard Guidelines.

Rural Water Supply

Since all rural supply customers are required to ensure they have three days storage capacity, below we have some average water usage figures so you can work out how many water units you need for yourself and your stock.  Capacity is linked to consumption demand, for instance dairy cattle require 70 litres per day each so consumers need to ensure they have purchased sufficient units of water to cover their needs.

Daily stock Requirements from the Canterbury Natural Resources Regional Plan:

Please calculate your daily requirements against your current purchased supply. If you have any queries please contact 03 3148816

Swimming Pool Fill

Please note due to the high water demands over the months of November - February swimming pool fill requests are subject to water availability. 
On-demand water is supplied to 8 of the Urban Communities in the District from 7 high pressure schemes consisting of 9 water intakes and 60 km of pipe.

Other small Urban Communities:

These Communities are supplied via tanks from restricted rural supplies.  All Rural Communities in the District are serviced by Council operated restricted-flow water supplies providing water to consumers as “units” of water supplied into individual tanks.  One unit is 1800 litres supplied over 24 hours, except for Balmoral and Amuri Plains, where a unit is 1000 litres per day.  The Hurunui and Cheviot Rural Water Schemes cover four separate supplies within each of their areas.  The Ashley Scheme also has four distinct sources and includes part of the Waimakariri District within its boundaries.

All townships with on-demand supplies have metered connections and charges are made on actual water consumption.   The meters are read in April and May each year and ratepayers are advised of their annual consumption and costs in their first quarterly rate demand each year.

Having consumers represented at the local level in Water Committees is considered to be one of the main strengths of the current organisation and there is no intention to diminish the impact and contribution of these Committees.  However, with rural water rates ranging from $130 a unit to $850.37, there is the need to consider if there is a benefit in funding all schemes by a District-wide rate to improve economies of scale.

The Council intends to retain the ownership of all public water supply assets on behalf of the Communities that these facilities serve.  Asset management, basic design work, contract documentation, tendering, record keeping, operation and routine repair and maintenance is carried out by the Council's staff.

Most of the network reticulation is in good repair and operating under a policy of renewal when necessary, reticulation should remain serviceable indefinitely.  Pumps, controls, telemetry (data sent back to the Council office by radio) and water treatment devices are repaired as the need arises and are replaced as the benefits of repair are outweighed by replacement – usually every 12 – 20 years.  Reservoirs, weirs, bores, and ponds are maintained on an ongoing basis.  Ages of on-demand water networks is quite recent, with the earliest networks dating to 1955 (Amberley).

Frequently asked questions re water


This activity provides for the collection, treatment and disposal of sewage from urban areas of the District in seven separate schemes comprising 14 sewer pump stations and 65 km of pipe works.  (Amberley and Districts, Cheviot, Greta Valley, Motunau Beach, Hanmer Springs, Hawarden and Waikari).
Each scheme is self funding with revenue obtained by uniform annual charge on each rateable assessment having access to the respective scheme.