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District water restrictions

Water restrictions:

There are curently no water restrictions in the Matamata-Piako district.


Water restriction levels

Our water alert system consists of four levels: 

Level 1: Conserve water
Water supply is expected to come under pressure. 

Level 2: Water on alternate days
The water supply is under considerable pressure and significant savings are required. Hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems can only be used on alternate days (even street numbers on even days; odd street numbers on odd days).

Level 3: Sprinkler ban
At this level, the water supply is under extreme pressure. Hand-held hoses should only be used on alternate days. Sprinklers, garden irrigation systems, unattended hoses, unnecessary water blasting and other water use is banned.

Level 4: Total watering ban
At this level the water supply level is critical and Waikato Regional Council restrictions may have been applied. All use of water outside the house is banned.

The water restriction levels apply to all residential and commercial customers on Council water supply. At Level 3, water restrictions apply to businesses and commercial customers (including schools and childcare centres) where water is being used for non-core business purposes. For example, using a hand held hose to water a lawn or garden outside a dental clinic, school or café. The core business is providing dental services, education and food – not gardening / landscaping.

Check out our Water Saving Tips for more ideas on how you can save water.