Water restrictions for Kawakawa and Moerewa

Published on 08 January 2020

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Dry weather over Christmas and New Year has reduced the amount of water available for the Kawakawa-Moerewa water supply to low levels.

In response, we are introducing Level 3 water restrictions for households and businesses connected to the Kawakawa-Moerewa water supply. These restrictions mean it is illegal to use garden hoses, sprinklers or any irrigation devices.  Water blasting and filling swimming pools from the mains supply are also banned.

We are taking the precautionary step of applying Level 3 conservation measures in order to protect the drought-sensitive stream providing raw water for the towns. Reducing water usage now will also help ensure continuity of water supply through the summer season.

General Manager – Infrastructure and Asset Management, Andy Finch says the Kawakawa-Moerewa water supply, like others around the Far North, is being closely monitored to ensure we do not breach our consent limit.

“Water flow in the Tirohanga Stream has dropped steadily over the last few weeks, from a lower starting point than usual. This week, readings have shown low levels of flow in the stream and this is a worry with no significant rain in the forecast.”

We continue to work with water engineers and analysts to monitor the state of the district’s water sources and to determine what actions, if any, are required to be implemented to achieve water conservation and protect vulnerable sources.

Go to the Be Waterwise (Whakanuia tō whakaaro ki te wai) website for tips on how to save water and for more information about current Far North water restrictions. Phone 0800 920 029 to tell us about water leaks or breaches to water restrictions.

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

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