No use of outside water systems.

Applies to residents of Te Awamutu, Pirongia, Kaipaki, Ōhaupō & surrounding areas only.

Cambridge & Kihikihi are on Alert Level 1.  Sprinklers allowed 6-8am and 6-8pm. Hand-held hosing any time. 

Click here to check which water alert your property is on.


Reduce your water usage immediately

At water alert level 4 only essential water use is allowed.

This means the following water restrictions are in place:

  • No use of outside water systems (including sprinklers, drip lines and any other irrigation systems)
  • No use of hoses
  • No filling or top-ups to swimming pools (including portable and paddling pools)
  • No outdoor cleaning (including cars)
  • No outdoor water toys (including slip and slides and toys that attach to hoses)


The only permitted way to water your garden at alert level 4 is to use collected rain water and/or to use greywater from inside your home.

Essential use outside means water may be used for activities like firefighting and emergency clean ups.

Essential use inside your home means that you may use water for drinking, food preparation, hygiene and sanitary purposes only (including washing clothes and taking showers).

Check out our smart water tips for more ideas on how to be as smart as possible with your water use inside.

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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