Road, Bridge & Water Notices


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Boil Water Notices

​​Long term Boil Water Notice
The following rural water schemes are on a long term Boil Water Notice.
  • Balmoral 1
  • Balmoral 2
  • Tuapeka East

This boil water notice will stay in place for the summer months because theses ​water schemes have already been running low and it is likely they will experience long-term water outages during the summer months unless the long term boil water notice was implemented.

This has been agreed to by the Rural Water Scheme Committees as a temporary solution to expected water outages over summer.

You will need to boil any drinking water for one minute before drinking it. This includes any water that will be consumed, such as water to brush your teeth, food preparation and washing food that will not be cooked e.g. salad vegetables and ready-to-eat fruit. 

​For more information about the long term boil water notice click here.

For more information about added protection for your water tanks, to reduce the risk of contamination visit Council's brochure's page.  This brochure has been kindly provided by Public Health South. 

 Rural Water Scheme areas map (PDF, 710KB)

Boil Water Notice Frequently Asked Questions​ (221KB)

​Water Restrictions

The Clutha District is now in Stage 1 Summer Mode water restrictions.  Watering is allowed from 8pm to 8am with systems not to be left unattended or on overnight.

Even though we have had some rainfall, Council’s water flow reporting shows that Tapanui is currently using more water than is being produced so your cooperation with this will help to ensure that the restrictions are not escalated.

​Stage 2 watering restrictions mean all sprinkler and irrigation systems are banned and only hand held watering is allowed (from 8pm till 8am).  Stage 3 restrictions mean you can only water ONCE a week between 8pm and 8am so to avoid this let’s all do our bit to conserve water. 

We also ask that everyone report any water leaks in Council pipes and fittings to your nearest Council office, or call 0800 801 350.

It can be hard to provide water restriction updates via newspapers as printing deadlines mean the information is often out of date by the time it reaches you.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 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.
  • Remember you can sign up to receive emails about water notices via Council's website:​​​​ 
A huge thanks to all those who are already doing their bit to save water this summer!

​​​Spray Notice

Delta Utility Services Ltd, on behalf of the​ Clutha District Council and South Road's apply herbicides to pest plants (noxious weeds) and road shoulders.

​​​This work is for the Road Maintenance contract 756 and includes roadsides in both urban and rural areas.

Tordon brushkiller and red dye is applied to pest plants. Glyphosate is applied to road shoulders.

​Anticipated spraying are​​​as taking place are:

Urban Spraying​ (Kerb an​d Channel)

  • None.

Total Vegetation Control Spraying (of road shoulder edges)

  • ​Sealed roads :  None​​

  • Unsealed Roads:
    - Working through the North (of the Clutha River), unsealed roads in Bruce.
    - Working through the South (of the Clutha River), unsealed roads in Clinton and Clutha Valley​.

  • ​​​Pest Plants: Bruce.​

​​If you have any further questions regarding this, please contact Council on 0800 801 350 or

​​​​​​Road Closures


​PURSUANT to the Local Government Act 1974, Schedule 10 (clause 11), Notice is given that the Clutha District Council, for the purpose of The Otago Sports Car Club to hold the 2019 Otago Rally Event, ​proposes to close the following roads to ordinary vehicular traffic for the period indicated hereunder.  

DATE:  Saturday 13 April 2019

Closure Time:                        Road Name:                     Fom:                                                   To:
7.00am to 5.30pm                    West Boundary Road            Prentice Road (Forestry)              South Boundary Road
                                                        South Bondary Road            West Boundary Road                    East Boundary Road
                                                        East Boundary Road             South Boundary Road                  Webbs Road​
8.45am to 2.15pm                     Taieri Beach Road                  Akatore Road                                  Finlayson Road
11.30am to 5.00pm                   Waipori Falls Road                 End of seal at Waipori Village    DCC/CDC boundary

It will be an offence under the above regulations for any person otherwise than under authority of an authorised permit to use the road for ordinary vehicular traffic during the period of closure.
Steve Hill
Chief Executive

PURSUANT to the Local Government Act 1974, Schedule 10 (clause 11), Notice is given that the Clutha District Council, for the purpose of The Catlins Wisp Hill Trail Ride, proposes to close the following road to ordinary vehicular traffic for the period indicated hereunder.  

DATE:      23 February 2019 – 9.00am to 3.00pm

Road:                                          From:                                                                                 Time:
Chloris Pass Road                       321 Chloris Pass Road to 800m up Cairn Road 9.00am – 3.00 pm
Cairn Road

​It will be an offence under the above regulations for any person to use this road unless under the direction of a marshall. Access will be available at periodic times.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause to the travelling public and residents.

Steve Hill
Chief Executive

PURSUANT to the Local Government Act 1974, Schedule 10 (clause 11), Notice is given that the Clutha District Council, for the purpose of The Eastern Southland Car Club Popotunoa Rallysprint, proposes to close the following road to ordinary vehicular traffic for the period indicated hereunder.  

DATE:      Saturday 30 March 2019 

Road:                                          From:                                                                                                  Time:
Pomahaka Downs Road           Popotunoa School Road to Wairuna Settlemant Road         8.00am – 7.00 pm
Wairuna Settlement Road   Pomahaka Downs Road to Miller Road

​Any person objecting to the proposal is called upon to lodge notice of his/her objection and grounds thereof in writing before Friday 15 March 2019, to the office of the Clutha District Council, Rosebank Terrace, PO Box 25, Balclutha 9240.

Steve Hill
Chief Executive

Roads Stopped

PURSUANT to Section 342 and the Tenth Schedule, Local Government Act 1974
The Clutha District Council gives notice that portions of Thurso and Reid Streets, Lawrence has been stopped. The portion of the road that has been stopped is occupied by the adjoining landowner and is 6218m2 of road reserve comprised in Sections 1 and 2 SO 526690.

The Clutha District Council gives notice that a portion of Salcombe Street, Kaitangata has been stopped. The portion of the road that has been stopped is occupied by the adjoining landowner and is 1214m2 of road reserve comprised in Section 1 SO 526614.
Steve Hill
​​​Roading Conditions

All roads are open in the Clutha District however due to the heavy rain event that happened in November 2018 some of the roads have been damaged.  Repairs are being undertaken around the south of the district​,
so motorists will need to be aware of delays at work sites.  There are also roads which are open, but with care, until the crews get to them.  

Rongahere Road has a permanent caution, of falling debris. Signs are being ordered to be erected to advise motorists of this.

Here are some simple tips from the NZTA when advised to drive "to the conditions".

  • Drive later in the morning if you can

  • Keep your speed down

  • Look out for ice/frost/slush patches on corners, in shady areas, and on bridge decks but be aware that black ice blends into the road

  • Increase following distances

  • Check the conditions before you head out

Remember to check the MetService  NZ Transport Agency website for the latest info on State Highways.​

​Milton Water

Milton Dirty Water Event October 2018

During late October sporadic dirty water events occurred in Milton.  The output from the treatment plant was very good in relatation to iron and manganese accumulation however, it may have been disturbed as flow rates in the pipe network increase due to warmer weather.

To minimise these events there are a number of actions that can be taken:​

  1. Improved water treatment at the source to remove iron and manganese before it passes through the treatment process.  This would require the installation of a special greensand filter that can remove these elements and prevent future build-up in the water mains.  This would need to be installed between the clarifier and the membrane plant.
  2. Dosing the water with potassium permanganate to remove the manganese and iron.
  3. Continue flushing the mains to remove any remaining deposits.

Council's contractor continues to flush the water mains regularly to ensure there is no significant build-up of sediment.​

If Milton residents are still having issues with their water, then please make sure you lodge a service request through Council by ringing 0800 801 350.

Milton Discoloured Water Event May 2018

In May 2018 Milton water supply was significantly affected by a 'dirty water' event.  Harrison Grierson consultants were engaged to investigate the data collected and provide an explanation for the sudden outbreak.

The town water was proven to have elevated levels of iron, manganese and organic carbon.  This resulted in a brown colour in the drinking water.

The retrospective assessment of the problems reveals that it was most likely two events:

  1. Breakdown of pH correction equipment at the treatment plant – this device injects an agent that raises the pH of the water to make it less acidic.  When this happens it makes the clarifying process much less effective and this resulted in a high level of dissolved organic carbon and its associated colour to enter the water supply.
  2. Flushing programme – in an effort to remove the discoloured water from the water supply a vigorous programme followed where fire hydrants were opened to force the flow of water through the pipework.  This is likely to have disturbed settled manganese and iron that accumulates over time within the pipe network.​
Bridge Restrictions

Notification of weight and speed limits on bridges. (Heavy Vehicle Regulations 1974 - Regulation 11)

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Regulation 11 (3) of the Heavy Motor Vehicle Regulations 1974, the Clutha District Council has fixed the following maximum weight (and/or speed) limits for heavy motor vehicles and combinations including a heavy motor vehicle on the bridges described hereunder:

 Bridges and Restrictions​​ (PDF, 209KB)​

​SH8 Beaumont Bridge replacement project​

The existing 134 year-old single lane bridge, one of the oldest on the highway network, and a critical link on SH8 between Milton and Roxburgh in Central Otago, is n​earing the end of its economic life.​

NZ Transport Agency ​have set up a website so people can follow the progress of the bridge replacement property.  Click here to learn more and follow the project's progress​.​​
Page reviewed: 18 Feb 2019 3:42pm