Current Water Restrictions

Water restriction system gauge for the Tararua District signage

  • Ākitio: Get ready (no restrictions)
  • Dannevirke: Alternate day restrictions
  • Eketāhuna: Get ready (no restrictions)
  • Norsewood: Get ready (no restrictions)
  • Pahiatua: Get ready (no restrictions)
  • Pongaroa: Get ready (no restrictions)
  • Woodville: Get ready (no restrictions)

Restriction Definitions

Alternate Day Restrictions

Hand-held hoses only on alternate days, i.e. houses with even street numbers on even days and houses with odd street numbers on odd days.

Alternate Night Restrictions

Hand-held hoses only on alternate evenings between 7pm - 9pm i.e. houses with even street numbers on even nights and houses with odd street numbers on odd nights.

Essential Use Only

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

Total Outdoor Ban

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

Latest Update

Thursday 22 July: “Heavy rain doesn’t help”: Dannevirke water restrictions to remain on

Residents in Dannevirke have been on alternate day water restrictions since May 2021 and this will continue for at least another 2 weeks.

Alternate Day Restrictions means that hand-held hoses only may be used on alternate days, i.e. houses with even street numbers on even days and houses with odd street numbers on odd days.

The Tamaki river that council takes water from to supply the town has been in low flow and there has not been enough to meet the level of demand from users. When this happens, Council uses a combination of water from the river and water from the reservoir to meet the town’s needs, meaning Council has been unable to completely refill the reservoir.

“We’ve been using a combination of the river and reservoir water for some time now – bits of rain here and there have helped but it’s not full enough for us to feel confident lifting the restrictions,” explains Chris Chapman, Council’s Group Manager – Infrastructure.

“Heavy rain doesn’t help – if anything it makes things worse. The rain makes the river water really turbid (dirty) which we are unable to use, so we end up using even more from the reservoir.”

“We’re not at red alert levels but we are asking residents to really think about their water use. We’re also trying to better understand where it is being used. Realistically, we expect that the restrictions in Dannevirke will need to remain in place until we’re able to get enough water into that reservoir for us to feel really confident that if we lifted them, we wouldn’t be in a position of having to put them straight back on again.”

Mayor Tracey Collis says she understands the frustration for residents.

“Restrictions have been in place for a long time and people are making a really significant effort to be mindful and conserve water. Thank you to everyone who is playing their part (even if it’s only turning off the tap while you brush your teeth),” says Mayor Tracey.

“We’re keeping a very close eye on things and plan to lift the restrictions as soon as it is sensible to do so.”