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Further water restrictions in place ahead of Waitangi Day

05 February 2020

This morning we spoke with our Council's Group Operations Manager Bruce Hinson, who is responsible for our water services team.


Click here to watch. Please note, the restrictions discussed in the video this morning have now increased in some areas.

These are the restrictions in place until further notice:

Coromandel Town, Whitianga and Hahei - Total Watering Ban: This means all use of water outside the house is banned. This includes watering lawns and gardens, washing cars, boats, houses, and decks, filling paddling pools and playing under sprinklers.

Matarangi and Tairua - Sprinkler Ban: A total ban on the use of all sprinkler, unattended hoses and irrigation systems. Hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days:  If your address is an even number you can use your hose on even numbered days, and vice versa for odd numbered houses.

Pauanui and Whangamata - Alternate Days: The water supply is under pressure. Hoses, sprinklers and garden irrigation systems can only be used on alternate days. If your address is an even number you can use your hose on even-numbered days, and vice versa for odd-numbered houses.

Thames and Onemana - Conserve Water: Residents and holidaymakers are asked to keep using water carefully to ensure our supply continues.

A reminder that Thames Valley has a permanent Total Watering Ban restriction and water conservation is urgently needed in Matatoki and Puriri area as water supplies are running very low.

Matatoki is supplied by the Matatoki Stream and Puriri is supplied by the Apakura Stream. With the ongoing dry weather and with no significant rain forecast for at least two weeks, these streams are running very low and significant reductions in water use need to be made.

We’re asking residents of Matatoki and Puriri to be very careful with their water use and abide by the permanent Total Watering Ban that is in place for all the Thames Valley rural water supplies.

Preserving our district’s water supply by not using water unnecessarily is important for public health and fire safety. “Fire risk for our district is now extreme. If there was a wildfire, the demand on the already reduced supply in our catchments would decimate it even further,” Mr Hinson says.

"Thanks to our communities for following our restrictions to date, but no matter where you are in the Coromandel, everyone has a responsibility to take care and do their bit to conserve water," he says.

Managing demand with supply

Water use restrictions are not just a response to the high numbers of visitors we have to the Coromandel over the summer months.

Restrictions are required to help us meet the specific requirements of our resource consents from Waikato Regional Council, under which we draw limited amounts of water from streams and rivers, or pump it from bores in the ground, and then treat it to make it safe to drink.

Supplies for our major centres are as follows:

  • Matarangi - Opitonui River
  • Whitianga - Whangamaroro River
  • Hahei - Groundwater bore
  • Coromandel Town - Karaka Stream and Waiau Stream
  • Pauanui – Oturu Stream and groundwater bore field
  • Tairua – Pepe Stream and tributaries
  • Whangamata – Groundwater bore field
  • Thames - Kauaeranga River and Mangarehu Stream

The issues we are currently experiencing with our water supply is a huge increase in demand for water from our peak visitor population, exacerbated by the hot, dry weather, which has seen our river and stream levels dramatically decrease.

This means as our stream levels drop, the volume of water we can take from some these sources is also reduced to ensure we do not breach our resource consent conditions.

Although demand for water is likely to drop across the district after this weekend’s events, and as the school year begins and visitors return to the cities, our supplies remain under pressure, with no significant rainfall forecast.

For the latest information on restrictions go to

Tips to help conserve water


  • Fill the sink to wash vegetables and rinse dishes.
  • Turn the tap off while you are brushing your teeth.
  • Only use your dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load.
  • Promote shorter showers and shallower baths
  • Use a bowl to scrub vegetables in the kitchen sink. You can pour the water on your plants.
  • Keep water in a covered jug in the fridge. It saves running the tap to get cold water.
  • If the toilet leaks or a tap drips, fix it right away.


  • If you have to water the garden, do it in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation.
  • Use a broom instead of the hose to clean paths and driveways.
  • Check taps, pipes, and connections regularly for possible leaks.
  • If you have rainwater storage, use this supply to water your garden or when you need to wash your car or boat.

Holiday habits:

  • Just remind visitors and guests that water supplies are limited.
  • When washing your car, boat, trailer, jet ski etc. limit the use of your hose to a quick spray at the beginning then wash using a bucket.  A running hose can waste as much as 10 litres of water a minute.

Please report water wastage and water leaks to our customer services team on 07 868 0200.

Council would prefer that people voluntarily comply with the restrictions, but we will be looking at prosecuting where restrictions continue to be breached. People can be fined on conviction up to $20,000 for breaching the bylaw.