Save water

Reduce your water use

Our goal is to reduce water consumption across the district by 25 per cent.

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You can help by following these guidelines:

  • Only wash clothes when you have a full load. A washing machine uses about 150 litres of water per wash
  • Use the dishwasher for full loads only. Each load uses 40 to 80 litres of water
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
  • Put the plug in the sink when washing vegetables and don’t leave the tap running
  • Put a half full soft drink bottle in your toilet cistern to reduce the quantity of water you flush
  • Flush the toilet less often
  • Use less water in the bath. A bath can use up to 80 litres of water
  • Take shorter showers. A shower uses about 8 litres of water a minute
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge to avoid running more water than you need for a glass of water

Water restrictions

Our current situation is severe. Water levels are very low across the district with no significant rain predicted by forecasters for the next few weeks or even longer. All Council water supplies are now on water restrictions. To avoid more restrictions or interrupted water supplies, we need everyone to immediately reduce their water use by 25 per cent, whether on public supply or private rainwater tanks.

Level 4 water restrictions are in place for the below water supplies:

  • Omanaia-Rawene
  • Kawakawa-Moerewa
  • Kaikohe-Ngawha
  • Kaitaia

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Level 3 restrictions, which means no use of hoses or sprinklers, are in place for Paihia-Waitangi-Opua, Kerikeri-Waipapa and Opononi-Omapere.

Level 2 restrictions are in place for the Council water scheme at Okaihau.

Water restriction exemptions

Users connected to Council water supplies can apply for an exemption to water restrictions if they are adversely impacted. Exemptions have stringent rules for water use, such as using sprinklers only at night and providing weekly water meter readings to the Council.

You will have to reapply for exemptions if water restriction levels are increased. To apply, use the exemption form(PDF, 70KB) and email to watersalliance@fndc.govt.nz or drop into the nearest Council Service Centre. A decision will be made and the applicant notified within 10 working days.

Water media releases

 

25% water reduction - how are we tracking?

See how your town is tracking towards its 25% water reduction target.

 

 

Answers to your questions

We are working hard to provide answers to your questions regarding the current water crisis in our beautiful and unique district.

Click the green 'Go to answers' button. You'll be taken to a comprehensive question and answer document we've put together for you. We will update this document as new questions come in.

Go to answers(PDF, 249KB)

If you cannot find the answer to your question in the above document please email us at watershortage@fndc.govt.nz and we will add it to this document as soon as we can.

My town supply

Kaikohe-Ngawha

Updated on 19 March 2020

Kaikohe’s main water source, Wairoro Stream, is flowing at critically low levels despite recent rain.  The Northland Regional Council has given the Council permission to take water beyond consented limits, but only if we restrict the use of water.  We introduced Level 4 restrictions in February, limiting water use to essential household needs.  We are also investigating other water sources to supplement the stream and the Monument Hill bore which provides about 30% of Kaikohe’s water.  These sources include Lake Omapere where Lake Omapere Trust and Omapere Taraire E Rangihamama X3A Ahuwhenua Trust have given the Council permission to take a limited amount of water from the lake for about three months.  We are adjusting our water treatment processes to bring the quality of water from the lake up to New Zealand Drinking Water Standards. We aiming to start supplying treated water from the towards the end of March subject to approval from the Northland District Health Board.  The water from the lake will only form a small part of the water we supply to Kaikohe.  We are investigating other supplementary sources and asking households and businesses to continue saving water by at least 25%.  We commend the community for exceeding this target each week.  Without these savings, Kaikohe would have run out of water by now.

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Kaitaia

Updated on 19 March 2020

Kaitaia’s main water source, the Awanui River, is flowing at critically low levels, despite recent rain.  The Northland Regional Council has given the Council permission to take water beyond consented limits, but only if we restrict the use of water.  We introduced Level 4 restrictions in February, limiting water use to essential household needs, and have been investigating supplementary water sources.  We plan to start supplying bulk water carriers with water from a Council-owned bore at Sweetwater near Awanui later this month when we have completed water tests.  We have also been working with iwi Te Rarawa and Ngai Takoto on a plan to pipe aquifer water from a bore on the iwi-owned Sweetwater Farm to our water treatment plant.  We expect to commission this second supplementary water source later this month as well.  We still need people to make water savings and are urging households and businesses to reduce their normal water use by at least 25%.

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Kawakawa-Moerewa

Kawakawa and Moerewa’s water source Tirohanga Stream is flowing at low levels. The Northland Regional Council has given us permission to take water beyond our consented limits, but only if we restrict the use of water.  We introduced Level 4 restrictions last month, limiting water use to essential needs only, and are urging households and businesses to reduce normal water use by 25%.  The graph below shows how Kawakawa-Moerewa is tracking towards its 25% water savings target.

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Kerikeri-Waipapa

Level three restrictions are in place at our Kerikeri-Waipapa Water Supply where we draw water from the Waingaro Reservoir (which is operated by the Kerikeri Irrigation Company) and the Puketotara Stream.  Water levels in the stream have risen following recent rain, but we may not be able to draw water from the reservoir if an algal bloom develops.  There is also an ongoing risk of pipes breaking as a result of dry ground conditions. We urge households and businesses connected to the Council supply to comply with the hose and sprinkler ban and reduce normal water usage by at least 25% until further notice.  The graph below shows how Kerikeri-Waipapa is tracking towards its 25% water savings target. 

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Okaihau

Level 2 water restrictions are in place at our Okaihau Water Supply where we draw water from a bore.  We are operating within our resource consent, but asking households and businesses to observe the sprinkler ban.  The community has already achieved significant water savings.  We commend Okaihau for this and encourage people to keep reducing normal water use by at least 25%.

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Omanaia-Rawene

Water levels in Omanaia-Rawene’s water source, Petaka Stream, are low and the stream is susceptible to fluctuations.  We are developing a contingency plan that will allow us to take water from the stream over a longer period.  We are also urging businesses and households to reduce their normal water use by at least 25%.  We are really pleased that Omanaia-Rawene households and businesses have responded positively to this challenge.  We commend them for exceeding our 25% water savings target for the first time last week.

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Opononi-Omapere

Level three restrictions are in place at Opononi-Omapere where we draw water from the Waiarohia Dam, Waiotemarama Stream and a new bore on Smoothy Road.  The dam is currently full and levels in the stream have risen following recent rain.  However, we are still operating beyond our consented limit with permission from the Northland Regional Council.  We urge households and businesses connected to the supply to comply with the hose and sprinkler ban and reduce normal water usage by at least 25% until further notice. The graph below shows how Opononi-Omapere is tracking towards its 25% water savings target.

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Paihia-Opua-Waitangi

Water levels in Paihia’s water source the Waitangi River are falling.  We introduced Level 4 water restrictions in February and are pleased to see the community starting to make significant savings.  The graph below shows how Paihia-Opua-Waitangi is tracking towards its 25% water savings target.

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Emergency financial assistance

Work and Income may be able to help with financial assistance, even if you're not on a benefit. Go to the Work and Income website, by clicking on the green button below, to find out what they can offer and how to apply.

Work and income - 0800 550 009 Go to Work and Income website

Inland Revenue may be able to offer tax relief and income assistance, along with other measures to people affected by the Northland drought. Contact Inland Revenue to see if they can help.

 Inland Revenue - 0800 473 566Go to Inland Revenue website

Northland Rural Support Trust can assist rural people during an adverse event. They can provide mentors from rural backgrounds to talk to and act as facilitators for financial assistance, Work and Income support, and labour assistance.

 Northland Rural Support Trust - 0800 787 254Go to Northland Rural Support Trust website