Record lows drive prolonged water restrictions

Water restrictions remain in place for Tauranga. File photo.

Water restrictions stay on in Tauranga, crossing into April for the first time in recent years.

Continued low flow in the streams that supply Tauranga’s drinking water means water restrictions remain necessary to relieve pressure on the streams.

Tauranga City Council director of city waters Stephen Burton says it's unprecedented to have restrictions coming into April, however, as rain has done little to restore flow levels in our streams, they remain necessary.

"One look at the state of the flow over the weir for the Tautau tells a thousand words," he says.

"We would have loved to be able to announce the lifting of restrictions at this stage, but we need to care for stream health and safeguard continued supply."

To accommodate the change in daylight hours due to the end of daylight savings, recommended hours for watering will change.

You can now water gardens by handheld hose or watering can, between 5am and 8am and 5pm and 8pm.

"We will continue to work with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to assess the impact of drought conditions and water levels in the region on our source water supplies."

More information about water conservation can be found at

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Posted on 11-04-2021 13:22 | By morepork

Buy our own water back from the countries we foolishly sold it to... (not serious...) The point is that we have wasted it for so long that it’s hard to think of it as valuable. Anyone who has ever lived on a boat knows about conserving water. People who live in hot places also know about it (I was roundly scolded by a lady in Greece for inadvertently leaving a tap running while I brushed my teeth. It was before I lived on the boat...) We are waking up, but it hasn’t stopped us selling it for less than it is truly worth and water planning in support of future industry and population growth has obviously not taken place; if it had, we wouldn’t be short of it.

Water shortage

Posted on 09-04-2021 14:01 | By davidt5

TCC should be collecting the city water from the outflow of the power station in the Kaimai’s. This water currently goes to waste as it flows down the river and into the sea. Divert some of the water through the city as eventually it will still end up in the sea. Problem solved very simply.

A plan

Posted on 09-04-2021 12:47 | By Kancho

So how about TCC tell us something other than the obvious. Tell us you have in hand planning and water resources consents already lodged and are well ahead with a plan to really improve the water supplies. Tell us more treatment of water and wastewater are space ready. Tell us that in spite of everything we will have a better future and not limp along letting growth cripple our city. NZ has rain but we are not harnessing enough . I fear only words and excuses will be the only plan

Preceeded by

Posted on 09-04-2021 12:33 | By Kancho

Proceeded by a lack of infrastructure structure investment of a city that was clearly growing year in year. A dry few years as we have had restrictions before. We are still growing still wanting industry, business and subsequent houses. Yes we have a plant to be commissioned soon but I suspect it’s already been outgrown by demand. Again my garden has suffered and replacement of lawn will cost in a thousand or two. Growth strategies ? I can’t see any evidence . Those who fail to plan , plan to fail. Wish this was the only failure TCC and the huge hike in the wage bill is noted

What about the rest of the problem??

Posted on 09-04-2021 12:06 | By

"We will continue to work with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to assess the impact of drought conditions and water levels in the region on our source water supplies." Well that’s only half the story. How about assessing the other half of the problem - the increase in population and the strain that is having on the infrastructure?!