Current restrictions

Medium-scale drought

Tararua District recently experienced a critical water shortage following an extended period of drought-like weather.

A medium-scale adverse event (drought) was declared for the Tararua District. Further information can be found here.


The following restrictions are in place:

Alternate Day Restriction:

  • Woodville

To read the latest update on all water supplies in the Tararua District, click here.


Restriction definitions 

Alternate day restrictions means:

Hoses may only be used on alternate days, i.e. houses with even street numbers on even days and houses with odd street numbers on odd days.

Total hosing ban means:

You may not:

  • Use sprinklers
  • Use soak hoses
  • Use irrigation systems
  • Hose of gardens
  • Wash vehicles, buildings or boats

You may:

  • Use buckets and watering cans to water gardens 

Essential use only means:

You may not:

  • Use water anywhere outside (unless is it recycled water/greywater)

You may:

  • Use water for cleaning and cooking
  • Use water to wash clothes and take showers