Water ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​notices


​​​Current Water notice

Emergency water shut down 

Updated: 11.30 19/2/2020

Area: Oamaru: Tweed Streer, between Wharfe and Hull Streets. Should only be about half an hour.

Details: This is to allow a broken water fitting on the main to be replaced.​

​Current Boil, Conserve and Full Water Restriction notices

Water Supply


Date issued


​Lower ​Waitaki Water ​Supply​

Conserve water notice has been lifted​​ on 14 August. 


Updated: 14/08/2019
Windsor Rural Water Scheme​Conserve water notice has been lifted by Corriedale Water Management.​
For any further information, please contact Gary McLeod on 027 440 0422. ​
​Issued: ​22/11/2018

Updated: 05/12/2018

Lakes Camp Sites

Please boil drinking water at the lakes camp sites.



Bushy Creek

Boil Water Notice in place as the water supply is not treated.




Boil Water Notice in place as the water supply is not treated.



What are conserve water notices?

We issue conserve water notices when there has been low rainfall, extreme weather events or for other reasons, such as when work is being done on the supply network. Even when there aren't notices issued, it is a good idea to conserve water at all times.

What we would like you to do:

  • Please don't wash your cars and boats.
  • Please don't refill your swimming pool.
  • Please ensure all taps are turned off thoroughly to avoid any dripping.
  • Please don't water your lawns and garden but if you need to water your vegetable garden, please do it with a hand-held hose.
  • Please put a plug in the sink when washing your dishes and vegetables.
  • Please run your washing machine and dishwasher when it is fully loaded.
  • Please turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • All commercial users are requested to minimise usage.

What are boil water notices?

You may need to boil drinking water (and water used for preparing food and brushing teeth) if you are on a rural water supply either temporarily, or on an ongoing basis:

  • Temporary boil water notices may be needed due to contamination of the water supply during a one-off event, such as heavy rainfall or flooding.

  • Long-term boil water notices are for untreated supplies and are needed until they are upgraded to meet the Government's Drinking Water Standards.

For information on how to boil water for drinking - please visit Environmental Protection Agency website .

About rural supplies

The intake pumps for rural supplies (which are restricted) sometimes need to be turned off. This usually happens after there has been heavy, prolonged rainfall and the water source becomes dirty or silted up. 

The Council does this to protect the supply from damage and contamination. In these cases, a Conserve Water notice will be placed on this page, and on local radio.

Page reviewed: 19 Feb 2020 11:41am