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. The Heretaunga Plains aquifer is mostly free from harmful contamination and water treatment is not usually necessary. Council has a programme in place to manage the usage of water, a precious natural resource, to minimise wastage and shortages.
The Napier water supply system consists of 470km of mains, 8 reservoirs and 16 pump stations. Each month 26 residential zones, 10 bores and 8 reservoirs are sampled and tested by the Environmental Health team to ensure your drinking water is safe.
A total of 10.8 million cubic metres of water was distributed during 2001.
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.