Early water restrictions applied to Kaikohe

Published on 25 October 2019

Water glass and tap

A drier than usual winter has forced the Far North District Council to apply water conservation measures in Kaikohe well before the official arrival of summer. 

Level 2 water restrictions are now in place for the Kaikohe community. The restrictions mean households and businesses connected to Council water supplies cannot use unattended garden hoses, sprinklers and irrigation devices.

The restrictions are due to a warmer-than-average winter, compounded by very warm and dry conditions in June and July. Both the Northland Regional Council and NIWA have confirmed lower than normal levels of rainfall recorded in recent months, with NRC warning a dry summer is possible for Mid and Far North areas. 

General Manager – Infrastructure and Asset Management, Andy Finch says raw water sources for Kaikohe have proved particularly vulnerable and, after such a dry winter, both river and groundwater levels are worryingly low. 

“For the Wairoro Stream and the Monument Hill bore to meet community needs over the coming summer, restrictions on water use must be put in place now.”

To help reduce demand on the treated supply, the Council is also contacting bulk water carriers and major water users in the Kaikohe area to find ways that they can help reduce water consumption. 

Mr Finch is urging all residents to conserve water to help prevent the need for even tighter water restrictions later. 

Go to the Be Waterwise (Whakanuia to whakaaro ki te wai) website bewaterwise.org.nz/ for more information about Northland’s water restrictions and tips on how to save water.  Phone 0800 920 029 to tell the Council about water leaks or breaches to water restrictions.

The Council can grant exemptions to water restrictions in exceptional circumstances. Applicants must demonstrate significant hardship and have no practical alternative water source. Go to the water section of our website for more details and to apply for an exemption.