The Council provides a water supply system for the supply of potable water as well as for fire-fighting purposes. Water is drawn from the Heretaunga Plains artesian aquifer and reticulated to the Napier urban area and to Bay View. While the Heretaunga Plains aquifer is the source of high quality water, NCC adopted Ministry of Health and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s recommendations to continue with chlorination of our water supply.
The Napier water supply system consists of 481km of mains, nine reservoirs and 18 pump stations. Each month 27 residential zones, nine bores and all eight reservoirs are sampled and tested by an IANZ-accredited laboratory to ensure your drinking water is safe.
A total of 9.5 million cubic metres of water was distributed for the year ending 30 June 2017.
Napier City is primarily urban with 93% of the citizens living within the urban area. Water is reticulated to the Napier and Bay View urban areas. A small number of rural properties adjacent to the urban reticulation system are connected to this supply for domestic use.
The remainder of the rural area is not forgotten. Council considers all water supply proposals from rural residents, providing assistance and, where appropriate, funding.
Council runs a water conservation programme during the summer months to raise awareness and promote the efficient use of water.