Water Conservation and Restrictions

Our aim is to manage the demand for water, as best as possible, to ensure we can meet the essential needs of households, businesses and public services.

Residential water use including garden watering, puts extra pressure on Council’s Water Supply systems. 

Conserving water use at home and work will make a big difference.  See our Quick tips for simple ways to save water. If you notice a leak, burst pipe or a water problem in your street please contact the Council straight away on 0800 932 4357 or email info@waitomo.govt.nz

Waitomo District Council thanks you for your cooperation in conserving our town's water supplies.

UPDATE 5 April 2019

  • Mokau Water Supply is currently on water restriction level 4.
  • Te Kuiti Water Supply is now on water restriction level 2.

Piopio and Benneydale water supplies are on water alert level 1.

Alert Level Description

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


  • Essential water use: water can be used for drinking, food preparation, hygiene and sanitary purposes only.
  • There is a complete ban on any outdoor water use (washing cars, garden watering, filling of swimming pools etc).

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Water Conservation and Restrictions