Water alert level 1 lifted


Water restrictions have been lifted across Hamilton City, Waikato District and Waipa District.

An unusually wet summer, cooler temperatures combined with residents managing their water usage has meant treatment plants were able to keep up with demand.


Waikato District Council General Manager Service Delivery Tim Harty says water is a precious resource and Council would like to thank all those people in the district who played their part in conserving water this summer.

“And while the weather hasn’t been perfect for holiday-makers, it’s certainly been a contributor to the fact that we did not go above Water Alert Level 1 for the first time in many years.

“But we are still urging residents in the Pokeno and Tuakau areas who are supplied by Watercare to continue their efforts to reduce water consumption as Watercare’s Ardmore Treatment Plant recovers from the effects of the recent Tasman Tempest storm.”

Smart Water has an e-newsletter to let you know when your alert level changes, it also has a week-by-week water use graph and other water saving tips. Sign up to receive it at smartwater.org.nz/subscribe

The Smart Water Starts with You! sub-regional summer campaign aims to make long-term change to how we use water and is a joint venture between Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council and Waipa District Council.

About the Water Alert level system: Water Alert Level 1 Use sprinkler systems between 6am – 8am and 6pm – 8pm Hand-held hosing can be used anytime Water Alert Level 2 Use sprinkler systems on alternate days between 6am – 8am and 6pm – 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