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.

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

No Restrictions

Culverden Township

No Restrictions

Hanmer Springs Township

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.

Hawarden - Waikari

No Restrictions

Leithfield Beach Township

No Restrictions

Waiau Township

No Restrictions

Waipara Township             

No Restrictions

Rural Water Supplies:

Water Scheme

Water Restrictions       

Amberley Rural                                          

No Restrictions                                 

 

Amuri Rural No Restrictions

Ashley Rural - Leithfield beach 

See the blue area on the map

No Restrictions

Ashley Rural - Racecourse Bore

See pink area on the map 

No Restrictions

Ashley Rural - Ashley river intake

Ashley See the map

No Restrictions

Balmoral

No Restrictions

Blythe

No Restrictions

Cheviot

No Restrictions

Hanmer Springs (Rural)

No Restrictions

Hawarden Waikari (Rural)

No Restrictions

Hurunui No. 1

No Restrictions

Kaiwara

No Restrictions

Lower Waitohi

No Restrictions

Parnassus

No Restrictions

Peaks

No Restrictions

Upper Waitohi

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.