Decreased consumption lowers water alert level in Hamilton

Published: 21/02/2018

A decrease in the amount of water being consumed and wet weather forecasted for the coming week has seen the city's water alert level drop back to Water Alert Level 1.

Hamilton City Council City Waters Manager Maire Porter said the city’s water use had decreased over recent weeks, triggering the lowering in water alert levels.
“Earlier this summer we were concerned at the high level of water use in the city, however for the past few weeks residents have clearly taken a proactive approach to water use and as a result the consumption levels dropped to a more appropriate level – allowing restrictions to ease as a result,” said Mrs Porter.

The change to alert level 1 means sprinkler systems are now permitted between 6am-8am and 6pm-8pm daily. 

"Even though water restrictions have now been reduced we need people to stick to Water Alert Level 1 restrictions, and to generally be smart about their non-essential water use, especially outside, to avoid the need to return to a higher alert level in the coming months." 

The ‘Smart Water Starts with You!’ sub-regional summer campaign, a joint venture between the Waikato District, Hamilton City and Waipa District councils, aims to bring about long-term change in how we use water. For more information and more tips on saving water, visit

About the Water Alert Level system
The water alert levels and their corresponding requirements are a way to use water in a sustainable manner and ensure consistent supply throughout summer. The water alert level system consists of four alert levels and matching requirements. The restrictions for Water Alert Level 1 and 2 do not apply to commercial/non-residential properties.
Water Alert Level 1
Use sprinkler systems between 6am and 8am, and 6pm and 8pm.
Hand-held hosing can be used anytime.
Water Alert Level 2
Use sprinkler systems on alternate days between 6am and 8am, and 6pm and 8pm.
Hand-held hosing can be used anytime.
Water Alert Level 3
No use of sprinklers.
Hand-held hosing only.
Water Alert Level 4
No use of outside water systems.
Samantha Whittle
Communication Advisor
07 838 6507