Waikato - YOU'RE ON

No sprinklers.
Hand-held hosing any time.

Applies to residents of Tauwhare, Gordonton, Matangi, Tamahere, Te Kowhai, Newstead/Eureka, Stonebridge area & Hutchinson Road only (as water is supplied by Hamilton City Council). 

For the rest of Waikato District, no water restrictions.


Take all practical steps to reduce your water usage

  • Switch off irrigation systems and prioritise watering fruit and vegetables only.
  • Always use a twist or trigger nozzle when using your hose. Where practical, use a bucket or watering can.
  • Use a cover on permanent and portable pools to prevent evaporation and use appropriate chemicals to keep the water fresh.
  • Don’t use the Council water supply to fill or top up your pools (including portable and paddling pools).
  • Use a broom instead of water to clean hard surfaces such as footpaths and driveways (except for health and safety reasons).
  • Do not wash windows, buildings and cars unless safety is an issue. If water is required, use a bucket instead of your hose or water blaster.
  • 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.
  • Re-use water from your rain water tank or greywater wherever possible.
  • Check out our smart water tips for more ideas on how to be smart with water.


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

Water consumption

Millions of litres of water are extracted every day from our river and streams for us to use.  It is our collective responsibility to ensure we look after our life-giving water.  We must all protect and guard it and use it when we need to but never waste it.

One cubic metre of water is the same as 1,000 litres of water.


If everyone turned the tap off when brushing teeth, cut a minute off shower times and fixed leaky taps & toilets, we would go a long way to helping reduce the pressure on existing infrastructure and prevent or delay increased investment in new infrastructure. Using less water also reduces the amount of waste water that needs treating.

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