Road, Bridge & Water Notices


​​​Boil Water Notice Lifted

​The long term boil water notice for Balmoral 1, Balmoral 2 and Tuapeka East has now been lifted.

You no longer need to boil any drinking water.

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 lifted

​Council has now lifted the Stage One Water Restrictions that have been in place throughout the Clutha District. We appreciate everyone that did their bit to ensure water was not being used wastefully and as a result more stringent restrictions were not required.

Please remember to report water leaks in council pipes and fittings to your nearest Council office, or call 0800 801 350.

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

​​​​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)

Total Vegetation Control Spraying (of road shoulder edges)

  • ​Sealed roads : 
  • Unsealed Roads: 
  • Townships: Balclutha

Pest Plants

  • ​​​Pest Plants: Catlins, Clutha, Clutha Valley and West Otago.

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

​​​​​​Road Closures

​​Clutha Gold Trail

The Big Hill Tunnel between Lawrence and Beaumont is CLOSED for URGENT MAINTENANCE.

Both tunnel entrances are blocked by gates.

Detours with clear signage and red cones is in place over hill via State Highway 8.

Take care.

​​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 Closures and Restrictions

The Kelso Settlement Road Bridge is closed due to safety reasons. This closure is till further notice.


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: 23 Apr 2019 10:01am