Current Water Restrictions
View what this restriction means below.
Water Restrictions - Level by Level
Level One - No Restrictions
Voluntary action to conserve water, discretionary use such as the use of sprinklers. Washing cars permitted. Please water wisely and conserve where you can.
Level Two - Reduced Watering
Sprinkler and hose restrictions. These can be used between 6am-8am and 7pm-9pm only as follows:
- Even numbered houses on even days of the month (e.g. If you are number 92 you may water on the 2nd, 4th, 6th … of the month).
- Odd numbered houses on odd days of the month (e.g. If you are number 201 you may water on the 1st, 3rd, 5th … of the month).
Level Three - Restricted Watering
Sprinkler ban. Hand-held hoses can be used on alternate days between 6am-8am and 7pm-9pm only.
Level Four - Total Ban
- Total ban on all outdoor water use. No sprinklers or hand-held hosing.
Things to remember
- Restrictions normally only apply to residential users - refer to this page for any restrictions that may apply to non-residential users
- Sprinkler means any kind of mobile or fixed sprinkler system used for irrigation
- Garden watering includes all outdoor gardens and lawns
- Watering gardens during the heat of the day wastes water because so much of the water just evaporates
- Normally, you may use your hose for purposes other than garden watering (such as washing a car) unless there is a total watering ban and such use has been prohibited
- Please, always use water wisely, whatever you are using it for.
Napier City Council Parks and Reserves - Watering
Council needs to maintain grounds that are soft enough to host sports matches (for instance, at Park Island and McLean Park) and keep the lawns and plants in our Council gardens hydrated enough to survive the conditions. But we operate a heavily restricted schedule, just as we are asking our community to do. Most of our grounds receive about a half to a third of the water they usually would, and we try and get the water down during cool periods – mornings, evenings, and overnight.
Sometimes, though, that’s not enough. Below you will find a list of our parks and reserves that still need to receive some (but heavily reduced) daytime watering to ensure they're operational:
- McLean Park – watering when ground temperature reaches 25 degrees or over. Auto irrigation overnight.
- Embankment at McLean Park – no watering
- Park Island – reduced from intensive daily watering to 2-3 days per week
- Marewa – reduced from daily watering to one morning per week
- Taradale Park – reduced from daily watering to 4 days per week
- Petane – reduced from daily watering to 4 days a week, 6am-2pm
- Tareha Reserve – reduced watering in preparation for booked games
- Nelson Park – reduced from all-day watering to mornings only
- Amenity Gardens – reduced from intensive daily watering to mornings only.
Fountains and water features are mostly on reticulated supply with top-ups required. They'll be running between on reduced hours from 10am to 10pm. Blyth Fountain in Clive Square turned off.
Council is in the process of installing water meters at our sports fields so we can gain some improved insight into what we use each day. A water usage report is also soon to be commissioned which will give us a deeper understanding of how we can best save water in our parks.