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 Schemes   

This interactive water map is updated with the latest information on your water scheme. Follow the link and type in your property address, this will bring up the current details on your scheme.
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The table below shows the current level of restrictions:

Please note: Whilst the rain has increased river flows and lessened demand in crucial areas, once the rain stops and the weather improves we may need to reintroduce restrictions depending on the situation.

On Demand (Township) Water Supplies:

Water Scheme

Water Restrictions

Amberley Township

 Level 1: High Risk - water Scheme Map - check your address

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.

Culverden Township

No Restrictions

Hanmer Springs Township

Level 1: High Risk - water Scheme Map - check your address

Please conserve water by using it sensibly. 

For example, only water 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; 3-minute showers etc.

Hawarden - Waikari

No Restrictions

Leithfield Beach Township

No Restrictions

Waiau Township

No Restrictions

Waipara Township             

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.

Rural Water Supplies:

Water Scheme

Water Restrictions       

Amberley Rural    

No Restrictions                  

Amuri Rural No Restrictions

Ashley Rural - Leithfield Beach 

No Restrictions

Ashley Rural - Racecourse Bore

No Restrictions

Ashley Rural - Ashley River Intake

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.

Balmoral

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.  

Blythe

No Restrictions

Cheviot

No Restrictions

Hanmer Springs (Rural)

No Restrictions

Hawarden Waikari (Rural)

No Restrictions

Hurunui No. 1

Level 1: High Risk - water Scheme Map - check your address

Please conserve water by using it sensibly. 

For example, only water 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; 3-minute showers etc.

Kaiwara

Level 1: High Risk - water Scheme Map - check your address

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.

Lower Waitohi

No Restrictions

Parnassus

No Restrictions

Upper Waitohi

No Restrictions

Peaks

No Restrictions

Waiau Rural

No Restrictions

Waipara (Rural)

 No Restrictions 

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: when water restrictions are in place, we are unable to provide emergency additional water supplies (top-ups) to water tanks on affected water schemes.

Penalties for Wasting Water

Please be aware that wasting water is a 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.