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Last reviewed: Fri, 31 Jan 2014

Our water



Christchurch’s water supply is one of the best in the world – with untreated drinking water available straight from the tap.

The Council is responsible for managing our local water supply and maintaining the City’s wastewater systems.



Current water restrictions

Akaroa water restrictions

Level 1 water restrictions for the Akaroa community started on Saturday, 7 December 2013.

This will mean those with odd-numbered street addresses can water outdoors on odd-numbered days, and those with even-numbered street addresses can water outdoors on even-numbered days.

Council City Water and Waste Manager Mark Christison said, at this time of the year people are choosing to spend their time in Akaroa and that can place a strain on the town’s stream-fed water supply. For this reason, even though the Akaroa community will be familiar with water restrictions, visitors to Akaroa will also need to be aware of the water restriction.

“The Akaroa community is used to water restrictions in summertime. However, those who spend their holidays in the area will also need to be aware of the restrictions rules and conserve water.

“As with previous years, it is possible that the level of restriction may need to be increased at some stage during the summer season. The Council is monitoring water levels on Banks Peninsula and any changes to the water restrictions will be advertised on signage in Akaroa”.

Tips on how to conserve water are available on the Council’s waterwise website: www.ccc.govt.nz/waterwise

If residents require further information they can visit our website www.ccc.govt.nz or phone 0800 800 169 .

How did we do over the 2011/12 summer water restrictions in Christchurch?

Waterwise Workshop View the water consumption graphs
Water saving tips
Waterwise workshop video - useful advice on how to minimise water usage in your garden over summer.
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Water restrictions guide

 

Restriction Level

Water Conservation Method

Notes

Level 1

Alternative day watering

 

Use of hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems is permitted on alternative days.

- Even numbered properties on even days.

- Odd numbered properties on odd days.

 

-The water supply is expected to start to come under pressure.

Level 2

Hand held hosing only

 

Hand-held hoses may be used at any time.

Unattended hoses, sprinklers, and garden irrigation systems are not permitted at any time.

 

-The water supply is under considerable pressure.

-Imposed when there is a water shortage and considerable water savings are required.

-Often imposed during peak demand periods

Level 3

Alternate day hand-held hosing only

 

Hand-held hoses may be used on alternative days.

- Even numbered properties - hand-held watering only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

- Odd numbered properties - hand-held watering only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Unattended hoses, sprinklers, and garden irrigation systems are not permitted at any time.

 

-The water supply is under extreme pressure.

-Imposed when previous restrictions have not resulted in sufficient reduction in water use, and/or when a significant increase in demand is predicted.

-Often passed-by, with restrictions moving directly from Level 2 to Level 4.

Level 4

Total hosing ban

 

All use of water outside the house must cease.

Hand held hoses, unattended hoses, sprinklers, and garden irrigation systems are not permitted at any time.

 

 

-The water supply level is critical.

 

Sustainable water supply

Designing projects to enhance our environmental and social sustainability, such as protecting our artesian resources and maintaining the quality of streams and rivers, are key objectives of our water strategy.

We aim to look after our community’s health and well-being through a wastewater system that meets our people's needs now and into the future.

To help preserve our future source of water we have initiated campaigns on sustainable living within the community, like becoming Waterwise in the home, and provide education resources for sustainability and reducing waste.

Contact us

City Water and Waste
Phone: (03) 941 8999
Email:

 

Authorising Unit: Asset and Network Planning

Last reviewed: Friday, 31 January 2014

Next review: Thursday, 1 May 2014

Keywords: water