Level 1 water restrictions in place for Levin and Ōhau

Published on December 24, 2020


Level 1 water restrictions are in place until further notice for all Council water supplies in Levin and Ōhau.

The restrictions are due to flows in the Ōhau River dropping below 2,500 litres per second and demand for water rising above 10,000 cubic metres per day.

The Level 1 water restrictions mean that soaker hoses and garden sprinklers may only be used from 5am to 7am and from 7pm to 9pm on alternate days as follows:

  • Houses with even street numbers on even dates
  • Houses with odd street numbers on odd dates

Handheld hoses, watering cans or buckets can be used at any time. However, hosing of paved areas is banned unless it is required due to an accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency.

Horowhenua District Council is monitoring river levels and water use, and status updates will be published on Council’s website and Council’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HorowhenuaDC. Roadside signs are in place that indicate the level of water restrictions.  

Council appreciates the cooperation of residents and visitors with water restrictions, and urges residents to conserve water while restrictions are in place.

Level 1 water restrictions were put in place for Foxton and Foxton Beach on Friday 18 December until further notice due to increasing demand for water.

There are currently no water restrictions in place for Shannon and Tokomaru.  

Water saving tips:

  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving
  • Check your toilet cistern, taps, and pipes for leaks or overflow
  • Use a bucket of water and a soft sponge or mop for outdoor cleaning jobs
  • Sweep up garden waste, rather than hosing it away
  • Do only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher
  • Take shorter showers
  • Use a bowl or plug in the sink when washing vegetables or hand-washing dishes
  • Install a dual-flush toilet cistern.
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