Water Rationing and Restrictions    

The Council continually monitors and manages the district’s water resource. This page details any current restrictions and how the Council works with the community to decide if restrictions are needed.

Current Water Rationing and Restrictions

Stage 1 Rationing

Stage 1 rationing (20% cut from authorised weekly usage) applies in Waimea Hope Minor and Waimea Lower Confined from 9am Monday 18 December 2017.

Stage 2 Rationing

Stage 2 rationing which is a 35% cut from authorised weekly usage starts from 9am Monday 18 December 2017 for the holders of consents to take water from the following zones in the Waimea Plains who remain at stage 1 rationing until that time: Upper Catchments, Reservoir, Waimea West, Golden Hills, Delta and Upper Confined Aquifer.

Domestic Water Use Restrictions

Domestic water use within any water management zone during periods of water rationing in that zone is restricted and there is to be no watering of lawns or other decorative plants

Domestic Water use is restricted and there is to be no watering of lawns or other decorative plants in the following zones in the Moutere; Moutere Eastern; Moutere Coastal; Moutere Surface; Moutere Southern and Moutere Western

Urban Restrictions

Watering restrictions are also introduced for urban water users in Richmond, Mapua – Ruby Bay, Brightwater, Wakefield, and Hope, and their rural extensions.

Only hand-held hosing of productive gardens within these areas is permitted on odd and even calendar days corresponding to the house street number.

No surface water takes for domestic use in urban areas of Richmond are permitted unless authorised by way of Resource Consent.

Next Review

The position will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Dry Weather Taskforce on 19 December 2017.

Restrictions updated 2.30 pm Thursday 14 December 2017.

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Resource Consent Water Rationing    

For holders of Resource Consents to take water, Council recognises that water rationing measures can place extra pressure on users and implements any restrictions over three stages:

  • Stage 1 - 20% cut in each consent's authorised allocation
  • Stage 2 - 35% cut
  • Stage 3 - 50% cut

In times of a serious water shortage (generally stage 3), the Council will consider the priorities of public health and animal health as well as damage to the water resource and related systems.

The Council's policies for the "Allocation of water between competing water users" is contained in section 30.2 of the TRMP (Tasman Resource Management Plan).

Household/Domestic Water Restrictions    

When rationing is required for household water users it may be implemented as follows:

  • Hand-held hosing restricted to odd and even calendar days corresponding to the house street number
  • Owners of private wells in the areas restricted are directed to only water productive gardens every second day

About  Restrictions

When conditions are dry and there is a risk of low river flows and/or seawater intrusion into aquifers, the Council considers water use restrictions for water use through a forum called the Dry Weather Task Force (DWTF). The DWTF is made up of water user representatives and Council staff.

Water rationing and restrictions can be placed on both domestic users and users drawing water as part of a resource consent.

Emergency Restrictions

During an emergency the Council may restrict or prohibit the use of water for any specified purpose, for any specified period, and for any or all of its customers. Such restrictions shall be advised by public notice. The Council may enact penalties over and above those contained in the Water Supply Bylaw conditions to enforce these restrictions.

The decision to make and lift restrictions and to enact additional penalties, shall be made by the Council, or where immediate action is required, by the Engineering Manager of Tasman District Council.

Read about Domestic Water Supply Information

Further Information

For further information about your water management zone or rationing stages please contact the Council Compliance Team

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