The Ministry of Health recommends that everyone flush a mugful of water from the drinking-water tap each morning before use to remove any metals that might have dissolved from the plumbing fittings.
While the health risk is low, everyone, whether you are connected to a Council managed water supply or you have your own water supply, should do this.
All water supplied to homes and businesses by Council is treated water in accordance with the requirements set out by:
- the Local Government Act 2002 (section 130), which requires Council to continue to provide water services and maintain its capacity to do so;
- the Health Act 1956, which sets out the legal requirements for water supplies;
- the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017, which sets out conditions of legal access to the public supply for firefighting purposes; and
- the New Zealand Fire Service Firefighting Water Supplies Code of Practice SNZ PAS 4509:2008, which sets out minimum standards to which the fire-fighting supply is to be provided.
In 2018, a comprehensive water analysis confirmed that Horowhenua’s drinking water is well below the Maximum Acceptable limits for determinands of health significance requirements in the current Drinking Water Standards NZ (DWSNZ) 2005 (Revised 2018).
IANZ-accredited Environmental Laboratory Services, tested the drinking water supplied to Levin, Foxton, Foxton Beach, Shannon and Tokomaru. The laboratory results showed that the town water supplied to our communities contained very low levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, chromium and lead.
Council planned, after the 2018 heavy metal analysis, to carry out independent testing every five years as a precautionary measure, although it was not a requirement in the New Zealand Drinking Water Standards.
The Drinking Water Standards of New Zealand is currently being revised with new requirements which will now include the metal testing, as a new rule. You can view the new draft rules on the Taumata Arowai website.
Town water supplies in Horowhenua do not contain Fluoride.
Council has consent from Horizons Regional Council to take water from the Ōhau and Tokomaru Rivers and the Mangaore Stream. We also have consent to take water from several bores in Foxton and Foxton Beach.
It's illegal to take water from fire hydrants and is subject to a $20,000 fine on conviction. Only Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) is allowed to draw water from hydrants without prior approval from Council. Illegally taking water from a fire hydrant can cause damage to our water supply network and potentially damage the water supply.
Council takes unauthorised use of fire hydrants seriously, and may seize and impound vehicles or other property involved in drawing water from hydrants without authorisation. In addition, Council may assess and recover the value of water drawn and any associated costs.
If you see or hear of anyone taking water from a fire hydrant, and if it is safe to do so, please take a photo and record details such as location, date, time and vehicle registration number and send them to email@example.com or call (06) 366 0999 if you wish to remain anonymous.
Horowhenua District Council supplies drinking water to residents in Levin, Foxton, Foxton Beach, Shannon, Mangaore and Tokomaru.
Levin is supplied with treated water taken from the Ōhau River – the average daily treated water demand is between 9,600 cubic metres a day (m3/day) and can increase to 12,800 m3/day on peak days. The network is made up of 215 kilometres of main pipes and 53.5km of lateral pipes. We supply water to 8,415 properties, including some properties in Ōhau.
The Levin Water Treatment Plant is located on Gladstone Road. It has a 12 million litre storage capacity which provides at least 24 hours of water storage throughout the year. The plant contains a water clarifier that removes silt, before it undergoes various processes including an ultraviolet treatment and chemical dosing including the addition of chlorine.
Council’s resource consent allows for up to 15,000 m3 per day to be taken, except when the flow of the Ōhau River drops below a certain level – then, only 13,000 m3 can be taken. This generally happens in summer, and leads to water restrictions in both Levin and Ōhau.
Foxton is supplied with water from two bores and the network is made up of 29.3km of mains and 13.1km of laterals. In all we supply 1,880 properties in Foxton.
Most summers, Foxton has water restrictions due to increased demand.
Foxton Beach is supplied by two bores and the network is made up of 26.4km of mains and 14.1km of laterals. In all, we supply water to 1,600 properties in Foxton Beach. In summer, the population swells, leading to higher demand for water so restrictions are put in place to manage the demand.
Shannon and Mangaore
Shannon and Mangaore are supplied by a water take from Mangaore Stream, which is supplemented by a bore. In all, we supply 727 properties in Shannon and 35 properties in Mangaore.
In general, water restrictions are expected most summers to prevent water wastage.
Tokomaru is supplied with water from Tokomaru River, which is processed at a treatment plant in Tokomaru East Road where it runs through filtration plant followed by a UV and chlorine to disinfect it. The network is made up of 6km of mains and 2.1km of laterals. We supply 206 properties.
Tokomaru does not generally have water restrictions, but they can be expected in dry summers.
Water tanker filling is only available to permit holders, from the dedicated tanker filling station located in the Council Depot at 122 Hokio Beach Road, Levin.
A permit can be applied for by completing an application form and submitting it along with an application fee of $200 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Council for an application form.
Please see our Water - Fees & Charges page for the current flat rate and volumetric charges.