Kāwhia Water


As we head into what is predicted to be hot summer, with a high number of visitors to our district, it’s important we all be conscious of our water use. Water restrictions help everyone play their part.

Increased temperatures and increased outdoor use due to activities like washing boats, watering gardens and property maintenance put pressure on our water supply.

Our water restrictions help us manage the reticulated water supply during periods of high demand. Water restrictions have been in place over summer for three years now and have had great success in ensuring water supply over the drier months.

You will be notified of a change in water restriction level by updates to our website, social media and the indication arrow on the physical sign in Kāwhia township will be pointing to the current restriction level. The details of our water restriction levels are outlined below:

Level 1 – Water conservation


Sprinklers between 6-8am and 6-8pm.

Hand-held hosing is allowed anytime.

Water saving tips:

- Always use a twist or trigger nozzle when using your hose.

- Use a timer with your sprinkler or irrigation system and be mindful where you position it so that you are watering plants, not paved areas.

- Use a cover on permanent and portable pools to prevent evaporation and use appropriate chemicals to keep the water fresh.

- Use a broom and/or bucket to clean hard surfaces such as footpaths and driveways.

- Wash your car/boat/caravan on an area of lawn.

- Shorten your shower.

- Put a bucket in the shower while you're waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet or cleaning.

- Use water from your rain water tank or grey water wherever possible.

Level 2 - Water restriction


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 any time.

Level 3 - Water restriction


No sprinklers allowed.

Hand-held hosing only.

Don’t use Council water supply to fill or top up your pools - including portable and paddling pools.

Use a broom instead of water to clean hard surfaces such as footpaths and driveways.

Avoid using water to wash windows, buildings, cars and boats (boat motors may be flushed out).

Level 4 - Water Restriction


Essential water use means that you may use water for drinking, food preparation, hygiene and sanitary purposes - includes washing clothes and taking showers. 

Essential use outside means water may be used for activities like firefighting and emergency clean ups.

There is a complete ban on any outdoor water use - includes use of sprinklers, hoses, drip lines, irrigation systems, water toys like slip n' slides.

No filling of swimming pools - includes portable or paddling pools.

No outdoor cleaning - cars, property and boats (boat motors may be flushed out).

The only permitted way to water your garden at water restriction level 4 is to use collected rain water and/or to use greywater from inside your home.