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Residents of Tauwhare, Gordonton and Matangi are also now on Alert Level 2 as their water is supplied by Hamilton City Council. 



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Water Alert Level 2 - Reduce non-essential water usage

  • Always use a twist or trigger nozzle when using your hose.
  • Use a timer with your sprinkler or irrigation system and be mindful where you position it so that you are watering plants, not paved areas.
  • Use a cover on permanent and portable pools to prevent evaporation and use appropriate chemicals to keep the water fresh.
  • ​Use a broom only to clean hard surfaces such as footpaths and driveways (except for health and safety reasons)
  • Wash your car/boat/caravan on an area of lawn where possible, using a bucket instead of a hose or water blaster. If available, use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • Shorten your shower. Contact us for a free shower timer to make this easier.*
  • Check out our smart water play ideas to keep your kids cool and your water use low. If your children like to play under the sprinkler, or they have toys that attach to the hose, they can use these at any time on the lawn or in a garden. Use a timer and don’t forget to turn the water off at the end.
  • Use water from your rain water tank or grey water wherever possible.
  • Visit for more ideas on how to be smart with water.​

*Hamilton City Council, Waipa District Council and Waikato District Council areas only.

Forecast for catchment area

Rain in Hamilton is great for our farms, gardens, parks and local waterways. However for our water supply, we need the rain to fall in the Lake Taupo catchment.
A water catchment is an area where water is collected by the natural landscape and eventually flows to a creek, river, dam or lake.

This forecast shows the area where we need rain to feed our water supply. Our waters staff keep a very close eye on this!