Water Restrictions

Water is a precious resource. We can all do our part to conserve it.

17 January 2020 - These are the water restrictions currently in place until further notice:

Coromandel Town, Hahei and Whitianga - Total Watering Ban: This means all use of water outside the house is banned. This includes watering lawns and gardens, washing cars, boats, houses, and decks, filling paddling pools and playing under sprinklers.

Total Watering Ban

Sprinkler Ban: This means a total ban on the use of all sprinkler, unattended hoses and irrigation systems. Hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days:  If your address is an even number you can use your hose on even numbered days, and vice versa for odd numbered houses.

Sprinkler Ban graphic

Whangamata, Matarangi - Alternate Days: The water supply is under pressure. Hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems can only be used on alternate days. If your address is an even number you can use your hose on even numbered days, and vice versa for odd numbered houses.

Water Restriction Stage 3

Tairua, Pauanui and Onemana - Conserve Water: Residents and holidaymakers are asked to keep using water carefully to ensure our supply continues.

Thames - No Restrictions.

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A reminder that Thames Valley has a permanent Total Watering Ban restriction.

While the Christmas and New Year's holidays have passed, many visitors remain in the Coromandel and more will be visiting over the coming weeks. 

Water demand remains strong in all our communities and we ask that residents and visitors continue to comply with the restrictions and use water with restraint.

A reminder to residents and visitors that our Water Supply Bylaw took effect from Thursday 19 December, which means that boat washing is not allowed when we have water restrictions in place.

Our Water Supply Bylaw took effect from Thursday 19 December which means that boat washing is also restricted when we have water shortages.

“Washing down a boat can use a lot of water, which is a challenge during peak summer periods when domestic water demand is high at the same time,” says Bruce Hinson, our Operations Group Manager. “Of course, we recognise its summer, but we need people to be mindful and not waste water, we don’t want to get into a situation where people are without water for essential purposes.”

“Washing the boat down with a handheld hose during these times is in the same category as restrictions for using a hose to water your garden,” says Mr Hinson. “However, if it’s just flushing out the boat’s motor, that’s not a problem, as it’s considered ordinary use to keep the boat operating.”

We'll keep monitoring water use in our nine urban and two rural water supply schemes regularly and review our water restrictions daily. Any changes are posted on our website, email newsletters, our Thames-Coromandel District Council Facebook page and are reported on Coromandel More FM radio.

Please report water wastage and water leaks to our Customer Services team on 07 868 0200.

Residents and visitors are asked to comply with the water restrictions for the good of the community.

Water Conservation and Restriction Information

As the water demand in our region grows, using water efficiently and reducing water wastage becomes more and more important for all of us.

Water on the Coromandel Peninsula is taken out of the ground (from rivers, streams, and bores) and treated to make it safe.  The amount of water Council can take from any water source is limited by resource consents.  

During peak holiday periods the population in our district almost triples and this puts an enormous amount of strain on our water supplies. Sometimes Council has no option but impose water restrictions to ensure people have enough water for day to day essential purposes.

We want both residents and visitors to enjoy their stay in the Coromandel without the worry of any water restrictions. Hence our plea to use water efficiently and reduce wastage.

What causes water shortages?

Hot, dry weather increases day-to-day demand for water. Over the peak summer period the population of the Coromandel Peninsula triples as does the demand for water. When river and stream sources are low due to hot, dry weather,

Why can’t Council just process more water when it’s busy?

Council has multiple resource consents that allows us to take this water.  The volume of water Council can take is fixed and we are unable to take more water than what is allowed by these consents.
Our water reservoirs and treatment plants are designed to, within reason, handle day-to-day demands.  It would be uneconomical to build or upgrade assets to be used for just a few months a year.

It’s been raining, why do I still need to conserve water?

The resource consents held by Council to take water still only allow us to take a finite volume of water.  Rain events do not increase the volume of water we can take.

Sometimes rain can cause water to be “dirtier” as it comes into the treatment plant, making the treating time longer to make the water safe for drinking, reducing the volume of safe drinking water able to be produced per day. 

Peak Season has just started – why do I have to conserve water now?

If we let water reservoirs fall too low this early in the season, it is very difficult to refill them as demand increases.  By conserving water now we have a better chance of limiting restrictions as the season progresses.

What can I do to conserve water?

There are a number of simple ways in which we can reduce water around the house while enjoying what the Coromandel has to offer

Inside

  • Fill the sink to wash vegetables and rinse dishes
  • Turn the tap off while you are brushing your teeth
  • Only use your dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load
  • Promote shorter showers and shallower baths
  • Use a bowl to scrub vegetables in the kitchen sink. You can pour the water on your plants.
  • Keep water in a covered jug in the fridge. It saves running the tap to get cold water.
  • If the toilet leaks or a tap drips, fix it right away

Outside

  • If you have to water the garden, do it in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation
  • Use a broom instead of the hose to clean paths and driveways
  • Check taps, pipes, and connections regularly for possible leaks
  • If you have rainwater storage, use this supply to water your garden or when you need to wash your car or boat

Holiday Habits

  • Remind visitors and guests that water supplies are limited
  • When washing your car, boat, trailer, jet ski etc. limit the use of your hose to a quick spray at the beginning then wash using a bucket.  A running hose can waste as much as 10 litres of water a minute

What are the Restrictions Council uses to manage water supply and how do they apply to me?

There are four levels of control / restriction utilised by Council to manage water supply:

Total watering ban: Savings are required immediately. All use of water outside the house is banned. This includes watering lawns and gardens, washing cars, houses, and decks, filling paddling pools and playing under sprinklers.

Sprinkler Ban: A total ban on the use of all sprinkler, unattended hoses and irrigation systems. Hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days:  If your address is an even number you can use your hose on even numbered days, and vice versa for odd numbered houses.

Alternate Days: The water supply is under pressure. Hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems can only be used on alternate days. If your address is an even number you can use your hose on even numbered days, and vice versa for odd numbered houses.

Conserve Water: Residents and holidaymakers are asked to keep using water carefully to ensure our supply continues.

No Restrictions: No official restrictions on water use, but water is a precious resource. Please be mindful of water use regardless of official restrictions.

How will I know what restrictions are currently in place?