Water use restricted more


New water restrictions are in place in the Waikato District and Hamilton after recent high water usage and long term weather forecasts of hot weather prompted the areas’ move to alert level 2.

The restrictions mean sprinklers and irrigations systems can only be used between 6am-8am and 6pm-8pm on alternate days.

Waikato District Council water & facilities general manager Richard Bax said the water alert levels and their corresponding restrictions aim to guide water use in a sustainable manner and ensure consistent supply to everyone throughout summer.

“We need people to take the water conservation message on board as we all have a role to play in looking after this limited and precious resource.”

Hamilton City Council city waters manager Tim Harty said Hamilton had at times used over 70 million litres of water per day for the past five days, a key factor in triggering the change in water alert levels.

About the water alert level system:

Hamilton and Waikato’s water alert levels were developed in the summer of 2008/09, as part of Smart Water Use – a regional collaborative effort between Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council, Waipa District Council, Environment Waikato and other territorial authorities throughout the greater Waikato, aimed at encouraging residents to regard water as a ‘limited and precious resource’ and promoting proactive water conservation.

More information on water consumption and alert levels is available here.

Waipa District Council also uses the same water alert level system as Hamilton and the Waikato district and today also moved to water level 2.

4 thoughts on “Water use restricted more

  • February 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Hi Phillipa

    I was walking down your road the other day and noticed the no spray signs. Where did you get them, I am sick of the council killing my stuff.


    Andrea Rolfe

    • February 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Hi Andrea, You can apply to the Waikato District Council to be on the no-spray register. Information and application form for a no-spray zone are here on the council website.

  • January 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Re water restrictions.. the WDC website is not very clear… does it apply only to THEIR water supply or all water? i.e. if you have another water source do you need to follow the restrictions with that water?..

    • January 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Andrew, I checked with WDC and the restrictions only apply to those on the district water supply.


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