Water Restrictions in the Hurunui District

Current Water Restrictions in Hurunui District

The council continually monitors and manages the district’s water resource. When conditions are dry and there is a risk of low river flows, affected water supply schemes will be required to conserve water.

Water saving hints 


The table below shows the current level of restrictions:

On Demand (Township) Water Supplies:

Water Scheme

Water Restrictions

Amberley Township

Level 2 Very High Risk

Culverden Township

Level 2 Very High Risk

Hanmer Springs Township 

Level 2 Very High Risk

Hawarden Township

Level 2 Very High Risk

Leithfield Beach Township

Level 2 Very High Risk

Waiau Township

Level 3 Extreme Risk

Waikari Township

Level 2 Very High Risk

Waipara Township

Level 3 Extrem Risk

Rural Water Supplies:

Water Scheme

Water Restrictions

Amuri Rural

Level 3 Extreme Risk

Ashley

Level 2 Very High Risk

Ashley Southern 

Level 4 Critical Risk

Balmoral

Level 2 Very High Risk

Blythe

Level 2 Very High Risk

Cheviot

Level 2 Very High Risk

Hanmer Springs (Rural)

Level 2 Very High Risk

Hawarden Waikari (Rural)

Level 2 Very High Risk

Hurunui No. 1

Level 2 Very High Risk

Kaiwara

Level 2 Very High Risk

Lower Waitohi

Level 2 Very High Risk

Parnassus

Level 2 Very High Risk

Peaks

Level 2 Very High Risk

Upper Waitohi

Level 2 Very High Risk

Waiau Rural

Level 2 Very High Risk

Waipara (Rural)

Level 2 Very High Risk

Levels of Restrictions

The Council has four levels of restrictions:

Level 1: High Risk

Conserve water by using it sensibly. For example, only watering the garden in the evening and early morning to avoid evaporation; making sure every load in the washing machine is a full one and using the ‘suds saver’ feature if installed; only having three-minute showers etc. Click here for a list of other water-saving hints.

Level 2: Very High Risk

Only hand-held hoses, watering cans or buckets may be used to water gardens.

The use of sprinklers or irrigation systems are prohibited at all times. This includes rotary, pop-up, or any other types of watering systems.

It is prohibited to wash cars or fill pools.

Level 3: Extreme Risk

Only watering cans or buckets may be used to water gardens.

The use of hand-held hoses, sprinklers or irrigation systems are prohibited at all times. This includes rotary, pop-up, drippers, or any other types of watering systems. Owners of private wells in the restricted areas are directed to only water productive gardens every second day.

It is prohibited to wash cars or fill pools.

Level 4: Critical Risk

There is a complete ban on all watering systems. Water may only be used for domestic purposes such as drinking and washing and to provide drinking water for stock.  

Please note: Under water restriction levels 2-4, we are unable to provide emergency additional water supplies to water tanks on affected water schemes.

Level 4: Water Restrictions in the Ashley Southern Water Scheme - map of affected area

This restriction has been put in place as a requirement of our Resource Consent conditions (from Environment Canterbury) and affects properties that are supplied water from the Ashley River intake. Our consent conditions require that when conditions are dry and river flows drop below a certain level that we must put in place Level 4 Water Restrictions on this water supply scheme.

Whilst Level 4 Water Restrictions means there is a complete ban on all watering systems, we would like to assure our customers that we are currently only operating at 60% of our consented extraction limit - and are therefore able to provide you with all of the water that you have purchased through us - we have not decreased your supply in any way.  We do ask that you be sensible with your water and make every effort to conserve this precious resource while these restrictions are in place.

Penalties for Wasting Water

Please be aware that wasting water is an prosecutable offence under the Local Government Act. If you or someone on your property is wasting water then we may restrict the water supply to your land and buildings while we seek prosecution - which carries a fine of up to $5,000 upon conviction.