Level 1 Water Restrictions - Levin and Ōhau

31 March 2020, 04:00 PM

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

The restrictions are due to flows in the Ōhau River dropping below 2500 litres per second and town water demand at above 10,000 cubic metres per day.

Level 1 water restrictions mean:


Level 1 conditions

Private gardens - watering

  • 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 numbers on odd dates


  • Handheld hoses, watering cans or buckets can be used at any time.

Public Parks, gardens and road reserves – watering

  • Sprinklers and soak hoses connected to town supply allowed for four hours every other day.
  • No restrictions on bore water.

Paved areas – cleaning

  • Hosing of paved areas is prohibited unless cleaning is required as a result of an accident, fire, health hazard or other emergency.

Suggested 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

Commercial customers with very high water demand are advised to take all practicable measures to reduce water use and to contact Council before any major water use.

For any enquiries please contact Council on 06 366 0999 or enquiries@horowhenua.govt.nz