Christchurch and Banks Peninsula households that regularly use much more water than the average will soon pay extra for their water supply. Know and reduce your property's water use with our Water Reporter.

What's my water use?


What sorta water user are you?

High user

Over 700L
per day

At least 70 standard buckets of water per day.

Above-average user

540L to 700L
per day

About 54 to 70 standard buckets of water per day.

Low user

Below 540L
per day

Up to 54 standard buckets of water per day.


Heads up! You don't need to pay anything yet, but you will need to pay for any excess water use recorded at your property each quarter from October 2022.

Practising good water-saving habits now could save you money.

Learn more about the upcoming Excess Water Supply Targeted Rate.

A high water meter reading could be the result of a number of things.

  • Have you been watering your garden often, or for long periods?
  • Any outside sprinklers or irrigators left on by mistake?
  • Got a leak somewhere?

Be onto it with leaks at your place and it could help you avoid a charge from October 2022.

Watch the video below and check out our step-by-step guide on How to check for leaks.

Leak in the road? Whether it’s a big leak or a little squirt, use our Snap Send Solve app, or contact us.

Plants need less water when the sun’s not out and the wind's died down, which could save you money from October 2022.

Plus it helps everyone if you can avoid watering your garden between 3pm and 9pm.

It takes the pressure off our pumps and pipes during evening peak demand over summer.

  • Target water to plants that need it by using a hand-held hose or watering can
  • Water every second day
  • Consider automatic water timers and planting drought-resistant gardens
  • Avoid watering lawns and grass berms.