In times of extremely high water use, when demand exceeds the rate at which we can fill reservoirs, we may introduce water restrictions. Keeping reservoirs full helps maintain water pressure, which is especially important for firefighting.
There are different levels of restrictions that can be introduced under the provisions of the Water Services Bylaw 2019.
Water Restrictions Guide
|Restriction Level||Water conservation method|
|Stage 1||Summer Mode – Time Restrictions only (8pm until 8am watering allowed) systems not to be left unattended or on overnight.|
|Stage 2||Moderate Water Restrictions – Sprinkler & Irrigation System Ban and Time Restrictions (8pm until 8am hand held watering only allowed), not to be left unattended or on overnight|
|Stage 3||High Level Water Restrictions – Hosing Ban apart from one day a week between 8pm and 8am and Sprinkler & Irrigation System Ban, please avoid washing cars and boats etc.|
|Stage 4||Extreme Water Restrictions – Complete Hosing, Sprinkler & Irrigation System Ban, no washing of boats, cars or using hoses at all. Minimise indoor water usage.|
Stage 1 restrictions are always implemented each year on December 1 to try and avoid more stringent restrictions as summer progresses. If more stringent restrictions are not implemented, the Stage 1 restriction remains in place till the end of March, and then we review whether they can be lifted or extended.
If we all save water early in the season, we may not need to implement Stage 2 or 3 restrictions.
We also ask that everyone report any water leaks in Council pipes and fittings to your nearest Council office, or call 0800 801 350.
Staying in Touch
It can be hard to provide water restriction updates via newspapers as printing deadlines mean the information is often out of date by the time it reaches you.
So, we ask you to stay up-to-date by either:
- Following the Clutha District Council’s Facebook page
- Listen to the radio stations Hokonui or More FM Clutha
- If you think it’s getting dry check Council’s website for updates:
- www.cluthadc.govt.nz OR give us a call on 0800 801 350 OR pop into the Tapanui Service Centre and talk to our friendly team.
- Keep an eye out for posters or notices that may be in shop windows or potentially your letterbox.
Water Conservation Tips
While some of the district's water schemes have plentiful sources, restrictions were required during times of high demand because the treatment plants and pipe capacity of schemes restrict the amount of water that can be delivered to consumers.
Exemptions may be granted by Council on a case-by-case basis to commercial properties and for irrigation depending on the level of restrictions in place, the extent of the dry period, and the time of the year.
Other tips for conserving water include:
- Report water leaks in council pipes and fittings to your nearest council office, or call 0800 801 350 outside of business hours.
- Fix drips and leaks in your own plumbing and outdoor troughs etc.
- Water the garden in the early morning or evening, and only as necessary.
- Don't leave water running unnecessarily.
- Showers are more economical than baths.
- Use a bucket to wash the car.