In times of extremely high water, when water use exceeds the rate at which we can fill reservoirs, the Council can introduce water restrictions. Keeping the reservoirs full helps maintain pressure, which is especially important for firefighting.
For example, water restrictions might be introduced if we go three days in a row without being able to completely fill the reservoirs.
Occasionally we may impose water restrictions for other reasons. In the summer of 2018, restrictions meant we could work more quickly to upgrade the city's well heads and reduce chlorine treatment of the water supply(external link).
Restrictions are imposed in Akaroa most summers. At this stage there are no restrictions for Akaroa. For updates, check the Akaroa Sign or call 0800 800 169.
There are different levels of restrictions that can be introduced under the provisions of the Water Supply, Wastewater and Stormwater Bylaw 2014.
|Restriction level||Water conservation method|
|Level 1 – Alternate-day watering||
|Level 2 – Hand-held hosing only||
|Level 3 – Alternate day hand-held hosing only||
|Level 4 – Total hosing ban||