Water Conservation


The wasteful use of water has far reaching effects. Excess water usage translates into wasted energy and chemicals to produce water and unnecessary upgrades of treatment and reticulation assets required to deliver water. Wasteful use of water also contributes to costs associated with increased energy required to treat and dispose of wasted water. 


Conservation and small changes made in terms of how we use water at home and work will make a big difference. Residential water use including garden watering, puts extra pressure on Council’s Water Supply systems especially when supply levels are at their lowest.

Conservation is about changing behaviour. A resource such as water that is readily available, can be taken for granted over time. All it takes is small changes to how water is used in the home and at work, to make a difference. See our Quick tips for simple ways to help reduce water use.

The following levels of water restrictions have been set:

  • Te Kuiti, Mokau, Piopio and Benneydale water supplies are on Level 1.

Level 1


  • Use sprinklers between 6-8am and 6-8pm.
  • Hand-held hosing is allowed anytime.

Level 2


  • Use sprinklers on alternate days between 6-8am and 6-8pm (e.g. even street numbers on even days; odd street numbers on odd days).
  • Hand held hosing is allowed at anytime.

Level 3


  • No sprinklers allowed. 
  • Hand-held hosing only.

Level 4


  • No outside use of non-essential water systems allowed (washing cars, filling of swimming pools etc).

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Water Conservation