Our goal is to reduce water consumption across the district by 25 per cent.
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
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:
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.
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 email@example.com or drop into the nearest Council Service Centre. A decision will be made and the applicant notified within 10 working days.
See how your town is tracking towards its 25% water reduction target.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to this document as soon as we can.
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